PREFACE II be-imaged speech

Text is from the The Discourse on Language by Michel Foucault

Read by Elsa Houcade

video • gary hurst 2013



“The manifestation of a face is the first disclosure. Speaking is before anything else this way of coming from behind one’s appearance, behind one’s form, an openness in the openness.”
Emmanuel Lévinas - Meaning and Sense


In the video Preface II text appears in translation and partially reveals the speaker as she speaks. This video is concerned with translation, speech, writing - with the face being the first disclosure. Here, I am interested in language speaking through us; language revealing us.