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Susan Hiller
The Last Silent Movie, 2007

5th November 2017 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Susan Hiller, still from The Last Silent Movie, 2007. British Council Collection. Image courtesy of Susan Hiller and DACS, London.

Please join us on Sunday 5 November between 2.30pm and 4.30pm for a first look at Susan Hiller’s thought-provoking installation The Last Silent Movie, 2007, on loan at CAMPLE LINE from the British Council Collection in London.

Comprising a 22 minute-long film and a suite of 24 etchings, the installation foregrounds languages that are endangered or extinct, including Nganasan and Silbo Gomero, a whistled register of Spanish. In the film, voices are heard only; some sing, some tell stories, others list vocabulary, and some are provocative, challenging in their address to the listener.

The Last Silent Movie is part of an on-going programme at CAMPLE called Your Words Move, the starting point for which is an album of world languages compiled in Thornhill in the 1870s by Dr Thomas B Grierson using a donation of language samples from the Bible Society. The album, now in Dumfries Museum, features an extraordinary array of languages from across the globe, many now severely endangered.

The exhibition will be open from Thursday 9 November – Saturday 9 December, THURS & FRI 10AM-2.30PM, SAT 11AM-5PM. Entry is free.


5th November 2017
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Thornhill DG3 4XX United Kingdom
01848 330000


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