Cutting Light
Nan Hoover, 1975, 4'15''

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In this black and white video, a strong light source illuminates the image from the back. Nan Hoover's right hand slowly moves through the beam of light, letting it appear as if her fingers were cutting through the light. In the course of her (extremely) slow movement, light and shadow open up and close, and create new spaces. They create imaginary spaces, separated by light and dark only. The soundtrack accompanying the images is eastern/Buddhist chants slowed down to a degree that they cannot be recognized any longer as such. They appear as some kind of monotonous humming with only slight alteration. The sound mirrors the movement, slowly evolving without interruptions.

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Maria Heidemann

  • Date: 1975
  • Length: 4'15''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: registration (technique), body, light, movement