Beached, 1970

Beached and Broken Off are among Lawrence Weiner’s first video works made in the early seventies. They were both shot in a marshy area by the sea and in sequences separated by dissolves. In both of them, five different actions are shown that allude to the title of the piece in question. In line with his famous ‘statements of intent’ formulated in 1969, the soundtrack of Beached begins with Weiner himself stating the conditions of the work of art: ‘An artist may construct a work and/or a work may be fabricated and/or a work need not be built. I elected five possibilities for videotape.’ Then the artist approaches a rocky beach and throws a piece of wood into the water. The five possibilities are actions related to the title and executed in the film: throwing, pulling, lifting, dragging and using leverage. In Broken Off, the actions involve breaking a tree branch, rubbing and kicking the ground, snapping a stick on a fence and scraping a fingernail on a stone.

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Weiner, Lawrence
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MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
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Audiovisual recording
Single-channel video, b/w, sound, 2 min 24 s
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
© Lawrence Weiner, VEGAP, Barcelona
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