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Ann Hamilton, Untitled (mouth/stones) (1993)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
Ann Hamilton created this video as one component of her 1993 installation, aleph, presented at the List Visual Arts Center. "Aleph" is the first character of the Hebrew alphabet and references written language as well as the origins of language.

In this video, the artist's mouth is filled with stones that impede her speech while producing non-specific, perhaps "pre-linguistic" sounds of their own. Untitled (mouth/stones) also alludes to the ancient Greek orator Demosthenes, who overcame a speech impediment by practicing with pebbles in his mouth.

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Source: Label text for Ann Hamilton, Untitled (mouth/stones) (1993), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009