Monday, 19 September 2011

Narratives of lost languages

The Last Silent Movie (excerpt), 2008

Susan Hiller "orchestrates voices of the last speakers of extinct or endangered languages" selected from audio archives in The Last Silent Movie. Apart from subtitles the screen remains black with "the framework for the audience to reflect on the speakers and the conditions that may have prompted the loss of their language". There are 24 etchings created from oscilloscope traces of the voices [Tate, 2011].

The Last Silent Movie 2007
Single channel projection, with sound; 24 etchings on paper
Duration 20 minutes
British Council CollectionX35136

ArtReview (2008) Susan Hiller, The Last Silent Movie. [Online] [19/09/2011] 
Tate [2011] The Last Silent Movie. [Online] [19/09/2011]

E-flux (2011) Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art. [Online] [19/09/2011] [2011] The Last Silent Movie 2007. [Online] [19/09/2011]