Around & About

1980, 5 min, color, sound

A preface of sorts to Primarily Speaking, Around & About is a speech-driven image procession that self-consciously addresses the nature of a shared reality with the viewer. Around & About is an eloquently concrete conjunction of text and image, using staccato glimpses of interiors and closed openings to provide a percussive backdrop for Hill's struggle to break through to the viewer, functioning both on the level of intimate dialogue and universal plea. Hill writes, "a kind of 'organic automation' occurs as the speech pushes the images out and on and off the screen. One's sense of time in relation to images and language becomes highly manipulated."