Eye Watching
Nan Hoover, 1984, 7'55''

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In 'Eye Watching' it is the watching eye itself that becomes the subject of perception rather than what it sees. Almost as if it were a landscape, the eye is closely observed through the lens of a camera which, as an optical instrument, is also effectively an eye. Ambient sound, bustle and thumping, suggest that there is a lot going on here. But what does the eye see? What is it watching over? What is it searching for? Its gaze wanders around a space that we never see. The eye is constantly changing because of the varying incidence of light as combined with the surrounding features of the face and skin. Seeing and being seen: the intense activity of observation is depicted in and through sight itself.

  • Date: 1984
  • Length: 7'55''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual
  • Keywords: body, light, perception, video (subject)