Gary Hill

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JHU Press, 2000 - Art - 348 pages
"Time, this is what is central to video, it is not seeing as its etymological roots imply. Video's intrinsic principle is feedback." -- Gary Hill (From "Inter-view")

For more than twenty years Gary Hill has been at the cutting edge of video, often setting the terms for its development and pointing it in new, exciting directions. Since the mid-eighties, Hill has established himself as one of the major voices in the medium. His work has been the focus of major exhibitions and retrospectives at museums in Europe and the United States, including the Guggenheim Museum in Soho, the Whitney Biennial, and the Lyon Museum in France. He has received numerous awards, including the coveted MacArthur Award (1998).

Hill's work focuses on the poetic and philosophical implications of temporal perception. Tall Ships, for example, is a large-scale video installation that presents haunting images of isolated human figures in a darkened corridor, seen from a distance, then close up. Hill's representation of time in videos is partly informed by his adolescent experiences as a surfer in Southern California: his Learning Curve series invites the viewer to sit at the end of a long table and watch a black-and-white projection of a wave folding and unfolding upon itself. Other themes in Hill's work include meditations on the self-referentiality of the medium and explorations of the connections and conflicts between language and image.

This new volume in PAJ's Art + Performance series is the first critical edition devoted to Hill's work. Edited by Robert C. Morgan, it anthologizes a number of critical essays tracing Hill's reception from the mid-seventies to today, a series of informative interviews, aswell as a selection of Hill's writings -- revealing him as an original and articulate thinker. The book also offers a detailed chronology of Hill's career, a bibliography and videography, and twenty-five photos from his installations. Morgan's introduction traces Hill's emergence as an artist out of the sixties' counter-culture and explores how his work creates dialogues with philosophers as diverse as Heidegger, Blanchot, Derrida, and Marshall McLuhan.

 

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Contents

Gary Hill
17
Jacinto Lageira The Image of the World in the Body
27
Corinne Diserens Time in the Body
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Stephen Sarrazin Surfing the Medium
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9I Raymond Bellour The Matrix
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Io9 George Quasha Notes on the Feedback Horizon
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I22 George Quasha and Charles Stein HAND HEARDliminal
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Reembodiments in AlterSpace
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24O Christine van Assche Six Questions to Gary Hill 1996
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Gary Hill in Dialogue 1998
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Gary Hills Writings
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Primarily Speaking 1981
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28o Primarily Speaking 1983
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The Acoustic Palindrome 1985
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BEACON Two Versions of the Imaginary 1990
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InterView 1992
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the space
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Arlindo Machado Why Do Language and Meaning Get
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I68 Heinz Liesbrock Loss Illuminates
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Interviews
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Lucinda Furlong A Manner of Speaking 1982 1983
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2O6 Stephen Sarrazin A Discussion with Gary Hill 1992
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An Interview 1993
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LouisJose Lestocart Surfing the Medium 1996
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Site Recite a prologue 1989
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cite 1991
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Biography
309
Selected Video Works 19731992
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33I Bibliography
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Credits
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