Andy Dandy Piano Interpretation of Lost my Heart in San Francisco
Raul Marroquin, 1975, 3'15''

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The three Andy Dandy pieces made in the 70s form a representative body of work from Raul Marroquin's early stages of experimentation with video. They are strongly tied to performance art of the time, ranging from works as documentation to independent pieces where the performance is visualized only through its video production. The former is exemplified by the Piano Interpretation, where Marroquin captures in a single take an 'a-performance' of three minutes. Andy Dandy sits before a piano, casually smoking a cigarette before setting a stopwatch and laying his fingers to the keys. The relaxed attitude suddenly becomes suspenseful, for he does not play a note but instead holds his fingers taut without moving. The video makes reference to Sammy Davis Jr.'s versio of the popular song, but also to the infamous silent performance of John Cage's 4'33'. With the ticking of the stopwatch pacing Andy Dandy's Piano Interpretation, however, Marroquin indicates that he is not necessarily theorizing a new musical composition, but perhaps a more ironic and emotional refusal of one.[Elaine. Ho]


  • Date: 1975
  • Length: 3'15''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual
  • Keywords: music (subject)