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Video and Language/Video as Language

November 22 – December 30, 1987

 
Hans Breder
Ursonate, 1986
29 min., B/W, mono
 
Ursonate 1986 is the result of a transference process utilizing computer and video technology to transport a 1932 phonetic poem. ?Ursonate? by the German artist Kurt Schwritters, from the cultural setting of that period into a contemporary context.

In the early part of the century, Dada artists who experienced with phonetic poetry were exploring the concepts of pre-language and pre-consciousness. The title of Schwritters? piece, ?Ursonate,? translates as primordial sonata. In Ursonate 1986 video and computer technologies, extensions off the nervous system, are used to parallel and extend Schwritters? attempts to excavate the roots of language and to articulate the primordial. ?Hans Breder
 

   
   
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