Helix/Spiral (Simone Forti), 1973

Two 16mm films are projected onto two facing walls. The recorded images show an intense negotiation with space, body and image by the artist, Dan Graham, in collaboration with the choreographer Simone Forti. Holding a camera, the two performers move slowly while recording each other. As Forti rotates the camera around her own body in an ascending helix, Graham spirals around her. On the wall we see the recordings of the two cameras, which have become a mechanical yet sensitive appendage of their bodies. Fragmenting the gaze by making it jump from one screen to the other, the installation undermines the cinematic device.

Technical details

Original title:
Helix/Spiral (Simone Forti)
Registration number:
Graham, Dan
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Synchronous projection on two opposite walls of two Super 8 films transferred to 16mm, b/w, silent, 10 min 15 s
Edition number:
Ed. 1/10 + 2 P.A.
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
© Helix/Spiral (Simone Forti) by Dan Grahham. All rights reserved.
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