Gary Hill: Selected Works II

1977-80, 19:26 min, b&w, sound
1977, 3:39 min, b&w, sound
1978, 8:24 min, b&w, sound
1980, 7:23 min, b&w, sound

In these early works, Hill explores the structural and organic relation of linguistics to electronic phenomena, stating that "certain structural properties of video are revealed in an almost primal sense." In Electronic Linguistics, small electronic shapes on the screen, moving in a gradually accelerating rhythm, serve as visual interpretations of an electronic sound. In its construction of a language of electronic images and sound, this is a precursor to Hill's later, more complex investigations. In Sums & Differences, images of musical instruments and their corresponding sounds are sequentially switched at an increasingly rapid rate. Sound and image are modulated by the switching of multiples of vertical/horizontal sync pulses, creating a simultaneity of visual and aural information. Black/White/Text is a linguistic deconstruction that represents the syllabic structure of words as text on the screen.