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Primarily Language
Screening with works from the NIMk collection in relation to the Speaking Out Loud exhibition
January 20, 2009 at Netherlands Media Art Institute
Curated and introduced by Susanne Jaschko.

Throughout the history of video art, artists have devoted their work to the the subject of language. Particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, a number of outstanding works were produced which celebrate language and its relation to image, imagination and memory. The NIMK / Montevideo collection holds some of these seminal video works and later ones and presents them in a screening within the context of the current Speaking Out Loud exhibition.
The introduction will present excerpts of Freeing the Memory, 1976, by Marina Abramovic, Primarily Speaking, 1981, by Gary Hill and Studies in myself II ,1973, by Douglas Davis.

-Exploring the human (un)consciousness-

Michel Chevalier
Hand to Mouth, Volume I (English), 1999, involves concrete research on the working of the area where language is processed in one's own brain.


Han Bierman
Untitled I/Untitled II, 1981, leads to an absurd and grotesque spectacle by manipulating well-known newscaster Joop van Zijl's discourse.

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Pas de deux, 2007, presents interchangeable moments where political leaders or other talking heads have arrived at a pathetic, faltering cul de sac of language and movement.


Peter Savage
It is Like Reading a Word, 1979, addresses topics such as interpretation, understanding and communication.

-Persuasive Speech-

Antonello Faretta
Just Say NO to Family Values, 2006, conveys burning poetry by John Giorno.