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Digital Speech

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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.
Communication, Language and languages, Turkish language
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