Un cube se transforme en cercle par la chaleur de Cardena no 1
Miguel-Ángel Cárdenas, 1973 - 1974, 29'00''

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In the beginning of the tape we see a plate with ice cream in the form of a cube. Cárdenas seated at the table has two plates in front of him, the right with the ice-cream, the left empty. Slowly Cárdenas takes a spoon of the ice, warms it with his mouth and spits the melted cream on the left plate. He repeats the process until the left plate is completely filled; the former ice cube has turned into a circle. As a video performance, 'Un cube se transforme en cercle par la chaleur de Cardena no 1' is quite representative of his early works, in which he often explores everyday actions like eating in relation to the body, eroticizing them: the concepts of organic transformation through body heating - the body as a heating system. The association of the body wit heat and sexuality was literally evident in the name of Cárdenas' own production company: The Warming Up etc. etc. etc. Company.

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Andreia Magalhaes
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  • Date: 1973 - 1974
  • Length: 29'00''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, performance (artwork genre), satire / parody
  • Keywords: registration (technique), art, body