GARY HILL VIDEONALE.3
INCIDENCE OF CATASTROPHE
DATE 1987/1988 LENGTH 43:57 min FORMAT 4:3
SPECIFICATIONS colour, sound, single channel
An investigation about the destruction of a person by the power of text. A powerful research in black and white, both visually and in its content. In this adaptation of Maurice Blanchot’s work THOMAS THE OBSCURE (1941), it becomes strikingly obvious that not only is every text a body but also that every body is a text which can be decomposed by it. Heavy stuff from the depths of linguistically inspired visual studies, but absolutely rewarding.
A major aspect of Videonale is the ability to question itself critically and to renew itself without losing sight of its roots. The focus is not a nostalgic look back on the now closed era of early media art, but the sounding out of its further medial development. That this takes place free of any ideological bias, but always with a firm commitment to artistic experimentation and aesthetic challenges, has made Videonale indispensable to this day.