Nigel Rolfe, 1979, 57'27''

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Rolfe is being filmed from above, while he is covering the floor with sand. With the help of templates, he then makes figures of powdered charcoal in the sand – diamonds, circles, triangles and crosses. These images are accompanied by a rhythmical ticking. When the ‘carpet’ fills the entire screen, Rolfe lies down on it and crawls round in a circle so that the patterns disappear into the sand. Then he lies still for a while, before turning over and continuing on his back. Both the circle in which Rolfe’s body moves and the rhythmical ticking, which, like a clock, marks the lapsing of time, emphasize the cycle of construction followed by destruction. The audience leaves as soon as everything has been destroyed.

  • Date: 1979
  • Length: 57'27''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: body