Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982)
Mouth to Mouth (1975)
1975, 8 min, b&w, sound
English and Korean words appear on the screen, a mouth forms the shape of an "O," then opens and closes. Is this the beginning of language? In this early videotape, Cha isolates and repeats a simple, physical act — a mouth forming the eight Korean vowel graphemes — so that this ordinary action becomes something primal and riveting. -- EAI
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