Collection

WATER MOTOR

Fecha:
1978
Tipo obra:
Multimedia recording
Material:
16 mm film transferred into video, b/w, silent, 7 min 24 s
Procedencia:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Registre núm:
3665

As the in-house photographer of the dancer and choreographer Trisha Brown, Babette Mangolte attended the rehearsals of Brown’s Water Motor in 1978, where she became convinced that the intensity with which the dancer performed her movements could not be sustained forever and should be recorded. In time, this choreography has come to be regarded as a key piece in Brown’s early repertoire. A pioneer of contemporary art, Brown draws from everyday gestures to create a continuous and fluid sequence of movements that, as the work’s title suggests, recalls both the flow of water and the intensity of a motorised engine. Mangolte’s recording of the piece explores the relationship between time and movement: the choreography is presented twice, once at normal speed and once in slow motion at less than 48 frames per second. The movement then takes another dimension, allowing us to perceive what remains imperceptible at normal speed.

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