Movements in Light
Nan Hoover, 1975 - 1976, 16'37''

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'Movements in Light' is one of Hoover's earliest video pieces. It is almost entirely made out of decorated movements of her own body which she followed on a monitor. Movement, the body, light and time play a crucial part in Nan Hoover's work. She seeks to convey the phase which precedes reality, the phase in which the process of thinking is still an open creative activity. A close up is unclear, yet becomes clearer as the camera focuses. Closed lips, the contours of the upper lip, the tip of the nose, the dark shadow of a nostril appear against the contrasting lightness of the foreground which is bathed in light. A fade transforms the image. A further close up reveals the abstract surface of the skin; the gradual bat of an eyebrow is the only other movement eanating from the body. The slow movement and light reveal new formations of her body bathed in light: a face a close up of a hand with deep lines that are pronounced by the shadows they create. The camera moves slowly and captures more movement, more body, more light. The images seem internal and somewhat distant like a dream which bears images of reality but visually appears so removed from it.

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Stefan Aquilina
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  • Date: 1975 - 1976
  • Length: 16'37''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: registration (technique), body, light, movement