The Last Silent Movie / Susan Hiller

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Date: Tue Nov 04 2008 - 15:48:38 PST

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Artprojx NY presents
THE LAST SILENT MOVIE by Susan Hiller, 2007 (21 mins)

Thursday 6 November, 2008

Artprojx at Anthology Film Archives
32, 2nd Avenue (at 2nd Street)
New York NY 10003

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Screening and talk by Susan Hiller
Introduced by David Gryn | Artprojx

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The Last Silent Movie by Susan Hiller, 2007 (21 mins)
An old man confronts us with some truths about language. The
strangeness of his voice merges with the buzzing and humming
artifacts of an archaic recording mechanism. A young girl repeats
words she is trying to memorize in what sounds like French. Several
men exuberantly chant fragments of a creation myth. Next, an elderly
woman tells a story of jealousy and murder to an appreciative
listener. Then a gruff voice enquires about fishing conditions ...

The Last Silent Movie opens the unvisited, silent archives of extinct
and endangered languages to create a composition of voices that are
not silent. They are not silent because someone is listening. The
work sets free some of the ghosts and spectres haunting the
unacknowledged unheimlich of sound recording which allows us to hear
the words and voices of people mostly now dead in The Last Silent
Movie, some of them sing, some tell stories, some recite vocabulary
lists and some of them, directly or indirectly, accuse us, the
listeners, of injustice.

“There aren't many artists whose every new work you would want to see
and Hiller is one of them.”
Laura Cummings, The Observer, 2008

“Susan Hiller amplifies archived voices speaking in near-extinct
languages, translations of which appear on a screen slung from the
ceiling. It is a cinema of the unseen and the no-longer heard. There
are snatches of song and folk myth, exhortations and lamentations,
last voices no one can understand speaking languages in which no new
thing will ever again be said.”
Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 2008

Also in New York in November:

Susan Hiller
The Last Silent Movie
The Museum of Modern Art
Modern Mondays, Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
Monday 3 November at 7.30pm

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-9400

Susan Hiller:
The J. Street Project
The Jewish Museum
New York
6 November 2008 – 1 February 2009

Susan Hiller traveled to every German street with the prefix
"Juden" (Jews), photographing and filming every one of them. The
street names continue to mark 303 places where Jewish communities
lived prior to Nazi rule, including country roads, village lanes, and
busy streets in large cities. Hiller's installation consists of a
monumental grid of photographs accompanied by a list of locations and
a map, as well as a 67-minute film and a book containing the
photographs and additional texts.

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423 3200

Susan Hiller's solo exhibition, Proposals and Demonstrations, will
run from 30 October – 20 December, 2008
at Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London, W1K 2EX
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