Happenstance
Gary Hill, 1983, 6'47''

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In 'Happenstance', language/text is visualized both literally and figuratively: computer generated forms consist of letters or words that create visual configurations, or of images that become text. Letters or calligraphic signs flutter across the screen; texts evaporate or disappear into a vortex. Sometimes a fragment of the spoken text 'materializes' into the form of a word on screen... In a salient way Hill succeeds in making the viewer aware of the materiality of language, and of the time and space that are occupied by words. But 'Happenstance' is also about the illusiveness and intangibility of everything linguistic. The tape ends with: 'The words are coming, nothing surrounds them. They speak of nothing but themselves. Without no reason (...). If I approch them too quickly, they fade'. Read more...

  • Date: 1983
  • Length: 6'47''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual
  • Keywords: communication, semiotics, image, language