Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gary Hill, Around and About, 1980

Due to the Youtube information, I cannot embed the video here, so here's the link.

Seattle resident and artist, Gary Hill is known for his exploration through sound, images and language as many of his videos and installations draw from poetic pieces and other literature (i.e. Incidence of Catastrophe, 1987). This five-minute film explores the relationship between the mind’s ability to make sense of what is being heard with what is being seen. As the film progresses, a man’s recognizable, though stated in a monotonous electronic tone, voice talks over the moving flashes and snippets of color objects. Every once in awhile, the images will form into something recognizable and symbolically match what the voice is saying. The voice talks directly to the viewer and predicts the thoughts of the viewer as the film continues. Hill challenges the viewer's participation in the piece by immediately involving the viewer in the creation of the film, because the viewers are the focus of the film. This exploration between the language of what we hear and the language of what we see is challenged through the medium of film art, and Hill creatively takes this post-modern approach.

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