Go Through the Motions
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“An extreme close-up of a mouth is used to examine speech patterning, perception of mime, vocal cavity resonation and the electronic fracturing of speech.
Mouth Works is composed by three works: Going Through the Motions, Arcanum and Mouth Room.”
Video Artists on Tour catalogue , 1980, Arts Council.
'To go through the motions of saying one thing and meaning another' is the text that is continuously repeated in this work with the aid of a loop. In the picture is the mouth of the artist who in the beginning says the entire sentence, and later only playbacks fragments of text. Marshall shows us the deceit of the medium of video. The occasional misalignment of image and sound undermines the credibility of the medium.