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This tape is the first of Hill’s works for which he deliberately wrote a screenplay. The title defines the piece’s starting point: Alice in Wonderland asks her omniscient father why things get in a muddle. They then talk on a metalinguistic level. A glimpse through the looking glass reveals an inversion of the customary order of things. The father ingests the smoke from his pipe, Alice does not so much blink her eyelids momentarily open as stare wide-eyed, and the playing cards fall out of the air in an orderly manner into the girl’s hand. (Gary Hill: Selected Works and catalogue raisonné, edited by Holger Broeker)

  1. Gary Hill


  2. Gregory Bateson


  3. Lewis Carroll


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  1. Kathy Bourbonais

  2. Charles Stein

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Why Do Things Get in a Muddle? (Come On Petunia)


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  • January 1, 1984


Original Language English

Runtime 0h 34m

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