RICHARD TUOHY
 

richard tuohy
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Ripple



Super 8, 2005, 6 minutes

I was playing here with the ripple of water, and the ripple of voice. When I first showed this film I gave a little introduction to it by talking about the late 19th century linguist Ferdinand de Saussur. Saussur at one point illustrated his theory of signification by describing the 'signifier' (eg words) as being like the juncture between the sea and air. The water was the 'referent' while the air was the 'signified' - the 'concept' or 'meaning' grasped, and the signifier itself was the ripple. Something like that anyway. When shooting this film, I couldn't help but think of this and to 'hear' the ripples as 'voices'.

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