Light Poles
Nan Hoover, 1977, 8'47''

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The drummed strings of a musical instrument fill in the dark opening sequence. A dark picture screen – almost black – reveals sharp abstract vertical movements in light. The scene gradually reveals the artist with light projected unto her body; she moves slowly, gently lifting and contorting her body to represent a dance in light. The drumming sound continues and intensifies. Like a choreographed dance of light the parallel projected lines thwart and change with the movements of the artist’s body, creating images of linear abstractions. Hoover's videotapes are devoid of action; later on in her career they become partially or wholly abstract. Still there is a lot going on, in a very quiet yet penetrating way: this is what gives them their ‘content.’

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Stefan Aquilina
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  • Date: 1977
  • Length: 8'47''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: abstraction, body art, performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: registration (technique), body, light, movement, perception, representation