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Native Californian Gary Hill is well known for his incorporation of text and language his videos. In Happenstance, Hill focuses on the "ephemerality of linguistic meaning". In it viewers learn to read the forms that appear on the screen through the relation of sound and image, though Hill then challenges those relationships that allow us to make sense of written word. George Quasha, Hill's longtime collaborator, says: "Happenstance was like a read-out of a part of my own brain, because it proved something I fantasized was true, that in the deepest sense a poem is an animate force that is active in all of the minds projections, visual/aural/tactile".