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"the event of a thread"Ann Hamilton
Filmed in 2012 at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory, artist Ann Hamilton discusses her installation the event of a thread, which occupied the Armory’s cavernous drill hall. Hamilton, whose artwork often deals with the connection between text and textiles, was present at the Armory every day during the installation’s one-month run.
During that time she was able to witness the various ways visitors chose to engage with the different though interconnected elements of the artwork.More information and credits
Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Ian Forster. Camera: Stephanie Andreou, Ian Forster & Nick Ravich. Sound: Stephanie Andreou. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Ann Hamilton. Special Thanks: Park Avenue Armory.
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Ann Hamilton’s sensual installations often combine evocative soundtracks with cloth, filmed footage, organic material, and objects such as tables. She is as interested in verbal and written language as she is in the visual, and sees the two as related and interchangeable. In recent work, she has experimented with exchanging one sense organ for another: the mouth and fingers, for example, become like an eye, with the addition of miniature pinhole cameras.
“My first hand is a sewing hand, is a weaving hand, is that connection between text and textiles.”