body music I
Charlemagne Palestine, 1974, 12'37''

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In the performance space the artist is standing on his knees and singing. Then he starts to hit the floor with his knees. Afterwards, he gets up on his feet and starts to run in circles, occasionally bumping into the walls. During all this time he doesn’t stop singing thus using his voice as a medium.

Produced by Palestine at Art/Tapes/22 in Florence, Italy, this is a seminal performance-based exercise. Palestine calls Body Music I "a study in the vocal-physical responses of a species caught in an enclosed square room." He begins this ritualistic piece sitting on the floor, establishing an aural rhythm by banging his knees against its hard surface. As his momentum builds and accelerates, he rises and hurtles himself with intensity against the walls, as if
trying to escape from confinement.

  • Date: 1974
  • Length: 12'37''
  • Type: Video
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