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Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance), 1967-1968

Nauman has marked out a square on the floor of his studio with adhesive tape, indicating the midpoint of each side. Starting from the centre of the farthest side, and keeping to the strict rhythm of a metronome, with each beat he alternates the movement of his legs, stretching half the length of the side to touch the corners of the square with his toes. At regular intervals he relocates to an adjacent side, methodically proceeding around the perimeter of the square, sometimes facing inwards and sometimes out. Tracing out a square with his bodily movements, Nauman fuses Minimalist formality with the ephemeral architecture of mechanical bodily gestures.

Technical details

Original title:
Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance)
Registration number:
2220
Artist:
Nauman, Bruce
Date created:
1967-1968
Date acquired:
2003
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Media
Media:
16 mm film transferred to video, b/w, sound, 8 min
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright:
© Bruce Nauman, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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