See the record for "New Television, Episode 402 (1988)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.
Broadcast as Episode 402 of the 1988 season of "New Television."
An 8 X 10 black-and-white photographic print shows a still image from the work. See the record for "New Television, Episode 402 (1988)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.
The artist tells the amusing true story of a trip to Turkey and his attempts at learning and speaking the Turkish language. At first, he sits in front of the camera and tells his story directly. Then he is shown telling the story on a monitor in what seems to be a studio. His face is sometimes shown in extreme close-up, out of focus, or in a darkened room with his face dimly lit. His speech sometimes changes from a common form of speaking to a deliberately articulated, poetic, philosophic language. Periodically, the story is interrupted by a shot of rapidly gesticulating hands with a voiceover of a man's voice, electronically altered, speaking rapid Turkish. The piece as a whole touches on themes of communication and the roadblocks that language poses. It is approximately 12 minutes in length.
Philadelphia Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
Meneses, Jim (Gesticulation)
Language and languages
New Television, Episode 402 (1988)
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