On Screen/Sound: No. 11
Tony Cokes / Alexander Kluge / Sara Magenheimer / Laure Prouvost
The 11th episode of the On Screen/Sound series presents a selection of films and videos that play with the relationship between textual and spoken language. Laure Prouvost, Sara Magenheimer, Tony Cokes, and Alexander Kluge all make videos that combine spoken and written language, focusing on the slippage of meaning and description as material and subject matter.
Prouvost’s It Heat Hit is a speedy cascade of images and words, featuring a seemingly autobiographical voice-over by the artist that is characteristic of the misuse and appropriation of English as her second language. Magenheimer’s Slow Zoom Long Pause meanwhile analyzes language as a patriarchal structure and explores how gender roles are embedded and articulated, encouraging the audience to listen rather than simply observe. Tony Cokes’ 3# Manifesto A Track #1 eschews both voice and realistic images. The animation uses a series of text and graphic transitions, edited to an upbeat electronic song by Seth Price. Through quotations, philosophical statements, and Morrisey lyrics, Cokes mocks the pop industry’s reliance on marketing to expose the underlying ideologies of representation in the media.
Inspired by early silent cinema, Alexander Kluge is well known for his regular use of the intertitle, and his 1971 sci-fi feature Der Grosse Verhau (The Big Mess) is a case in point. Engaging and humorous, but often deliberately fractured and poetic, Kluge’s film bombards us with loose, collagist associations of words and images in the story of two astronauts trying to make a living in a solar system controlled by corporate interest in 2035.
- It Heat Hit (2010)
- 3# Manifesto A Track #1 (2001)
- Slow Zoom Long Pause (2015)
- Der Grosse Verhau (The Big Mess) (1971)
- Approximate runtime: 110 minutes