Riley, Roily, River
1975 | 00:01:30 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video
Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles
The seemingly groundless debate as to whether a river is "riley" or "roily" can be interpreted as an example of language's descriptive failure. A shouting match over how to describe the river has no effect; the face of nature continues unchanged. Riley, Roily, River graphically illustrates the gap of meaning that exists between the natural, empirical world and the language we use to describe it.