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"FAR FROM SILENCED": THE ALTERED BOOKS OF ANN HAMILTON, 1991 - 1994

by PARTRIDGE, LAURA ALLISON

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This study offers an in-depth analysis of the “altered books” in three installations by Ann Hamilton (b. 1956 Lima, Ohio) from the early 1990s. Hamilton’s installations are intended to establish a sensory experience that responds to the sites in which she creates them. She often includes a person who tends the installation, that is, a performer who is called a “tender,” who acts unaware of the presence of spectators, and who is wholly engrossed in the task with which s/he has been charged. The tenders in the works upon which I will focus sat at a table systematically removing lines of text from books, that is, they altered the books. In my analysis I will discuss all of the components within each installation, focusing on the altered books and how they played a central role in securing language as a major theme in these works.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ann hamilton installations altered books language

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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