Details No. 2
Nan Hoover, 1977, 5'45''

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To the sound of an Eastern flute melody a piece of white cloth is moved slowly up and down right in front of the camera. The background is white, too, so the only dark part of the image is the hand holding the cloth. A strong light from the back outshines the hand and the rest of the body to the effect that the hand and the cloth seem to be floating through the air. After a cut one sees Hoovers hand through a gap. Her hands seem to be covering her face, slowly moving and turning. The gaze is surprisingly intimate turning the viewer into some kind of Peeping Tom witnessing a moment of extreme vulnerability. The flute tune unites the two (very different) pieces to one whole.

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Maria Heidemann

  • Date: 1977
  • Length: 5'45''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: registration (technique), body, light, movement