Man from Porlock, The

by Hawley, Steve

Video 1995


Inspired by the poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Man From Porlock is a kind of sequel to A Proposition Is A Picture. Whereas that looked at the difference between words and pictures, the new piece looks at what happens when words run out. The narrator is a hydraulics engineer, whose fascination with water is mirrored by the imagery of water in the poem, and in the video. The unseen narrator interprets comments on a stream of images, speculating on the failure of creativity, and the end of language itself.


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