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Courtesy Walker Art Center
Rights
Copyright retained by the artist
Title
Untitled (mouth/stones)
Artist
Ann Hamilton
Date
1993
Dimensions
screen size 3.5 × 4.5 inches
Materials
laser videodisc with color-toned image and sound, LCD screen, laser video disc player
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Mixed Media (Multimedia)
Accession Number
1995.25.1-.3
Edition
ed. 2/9, 2 AP’s
Inscriptions
N.A.; N.A.
Physical Description
stones rolling in an open mouth; monitor is set into the wall; sound the the stone rolling
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1995
Object Copyright
Copyright retained by the artist (image credits)

object label Ann Hamilton, Untitled (mouth/stones) (1993) Walker Art Center, 1998

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.

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.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center