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.

Merging videos in a way which demonstrates ongoing processes but not to a point where elements become lost.

-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

“Communication not advertisement” – Robert Storr

Considering communication and how the placing or manipulation of a singular piece can change it’s meaning quite quickly. What works best together and what stands alone.

-Minimal intervention

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

It’s the small things you do everyday sometimes which end up having great impact on you.

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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-Didn’t essentially want viewers to have too many of their own thoughts.

 

There has been so many points in this DVD which have opened my eyes and help me to really think about why I’m making and doing certain things, what impact they have on the viewer and how much importance the audience have.

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