In 1969 Acconci moved from poetry to creating photographic works that used the medium to document "performance situations"-preconceived activities executed before a live audience or in private. In this piece he set himself the simple task of walking back and forth in front of the camera and recording his position at fixed intervals, a process close in spirit to the "task performances" of his contemporary the avant-garde choreographer Yvonne Rainer.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on verso (of each print in descending order): "21 // 25 // 30 // 32"; inscribed in ink on verso (of each print in descending order): "A performance situation using walking, running 1969 // #1 // #2 // #3 // #4"
the artist; Addison Thompson; David Winter; Steve Kasher; Ubu Gallery
Artist: Vito Acconci (American, born Bronx, New York, 1940)Date: 1970Medium: Single-channel digital video, transferred from Super-8 film, black-and-white and color, silent, 12 min., 30 sec.Accession: 2010.238On view in:Not on view