3653_002_pub--imatge-broken-off
3653_002_pub--imatge-broken-off
Lawrence Weiner
Broken Off
Broken Off
1971
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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original title
Broken Off
year of acquisition
2009
type of object
Audiovisual recording
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
registration number
R.3653
date
1971
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
media
Single-channel video, b/w, sound, 48 s
Copyright
© Lawrence Weiner, VEGAP, Barcelona
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