The Speech

1982 | 00:03:39 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Language, Politics, Video History

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This tape grew out of my fascination with Ronald Reagan and his uncanny ability to demonstrate what I called the 'Signifiers of Americanism'. Through gesture and intonation, he seemed to suggest many of the virtues that Americans hold dear. Although not directly about Reagan, The Speech suggests some of these issues, while remaining purposely ambiguous. The tape is really a speech about speeches.

—Doug Hall

This title is also available on Presidents and Elections.