Soundings (1979) – Gary Hill

Gary Hill

Concerned with the translation of image into sound and sound into image, Gary Hill’s film explores the phenomenology of sound. A close-up view of a speaker that visibly vibrates while playing the sound of his own voice is then physically manipulated by Hill as he attempts to change the sound by drowning, burning, burying, and tearing apart the speaker. These physical manipulations take on a feeling of poeticized scientific experimentation, with the artist’s physical actions in dialogue with the words of his voice that emanate from the speaker.
(John Kannenberg)