Bruce Nauman: BBC 1 DVD

(Imagine:Bruce Nauman; The God Father of Modern art, 2004)

-At vast turbine Hall – Sound art – coming from 20 pairs of loud speakers: Using greetings, jokes, statements etc. -emotions.

-Always doing the unexpected.

-Turning the ideas of art upside down quite literally (video – pioneer)

-Never painted, infact used almost every other medium around painting.

-1980’s: Sexually explicit signs

-Recently filmed what had happened with his studio once he had gone to bed (nothing much)

-What art can be? Anything could be art?

-“Enigmatic and reclusive giant of the contempory art world” – Alan Yentob

-“Allows you to play with anything, anything could be art” – Daimen Hirst

-Controdictory and yet surpprising.

-Hardly ever goes to interviews or explains his work.

-Wark – 1994: Conventing a group of sounds into once space.

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-Assembling groups of videos into one video.

-Uses his body throughout: “Treat your body like an object, give it tasks” – Bruce Nauman

“Making negative space into something positive so that you become aware of it” – Michael Craigmartin

“Commununication not advertisement” – Robert Storr

-Minimal intervention

“How can an everyday activity be transformed into art?” – Yentob (repetition)

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How tension is created from this? – Tiredness – not so much a story but an activity of reaction – passage of time.

-Language + physical – altering of perception – recurring themes and scary consequences.

-Making the viewer almost take the artists place

“More orless experience what I did, dictating what a piece can be” – Bruce Nauman

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-Didnt essentially want viewers to have too many of their own thoughts.

This dvd has helped me to not only distinguish areas within the artists work to use in my essay for in relation to distortion but to also re-consider how I manipulate my own work and lay it out for an audience.

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