Identifications: Daniel Buren
Gerry Schum, 1970, 0'49''

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In the series Identifications, works by leading artists from the 1960s were mounted one after the other. These were recorded according to their instructions, and they often feature in their own work.
According to Schum, the title of the series should be taken literally. It underlines the unity between artist and work. When the work was first presented, he explained this as follows: 'We no longer perceive the work of art as a painting or sculpture not connected with the artist. On television, the artist can reduce his work to an attitude, a simple gesture, referring to his concept. The work of art is conveyed as a unity of concept, visualization, and the artist who provides the idea.'
In some of the works, such as, those by Beuys, Ruthenbeck, Rinke, Rückriem
Van Elk, Anselmo, Boetti, Calzolari, De Dominicis, and Gilbert & George, the role of the camera is confined to that of a recording instrument. In others, the artists interact with the camera, as in the case of Fulton, Brouwn, Merz, Zorio, Kuehn, Sonnier, and Serra.

Daniel Buren's contribution to 'Identifications' combines the artist's conceptual and minimalist method with a medium-specific comment upon television. For more than 40 seconds, we see a white-on-black still image of the word 'Störung' ('Interruption / Disturbance') within a television tube. This image, a pun upon the frequent interruption images shown on TV on the occasion of technical problems with broadcasting, is sliced vertically into Buren's signature stripes.

  • Date: 1970
  • Length: 0'49''
  • Type: Video
  • Participants: Daniel Buren
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, television art (artwork genre), medium-specific
  • Keywords: time, art, television (subject), technology