Vito Acconci

A poet of the New York school in the early- and mid-1960s, Vito Acconci moved toward performance, sound, and video work by the end of the decade. Acconci changed direction in order to "define [his] body in space, find a ground for [him]self, an alternate ground for the page ground [he] had as a poet." Acconci’s early performances—including Claim (1971) and Seedbed (1972)—were extremely controversial, transgressing assumed boundaries between public and private space, and between audience and performer. Positioning his own body as the simultaneous subject and object of the work, Acconci’s early video tapes took advantage of the medium’s self-reflexive potential in mediating his own and the viewer’s attention. Consistently exploring the dynamics of intimacy, trust, and power, the focus of Acconci’s projects gradually moved from his physical body (Conversions, 1971) toward the psychology of interpersonal transactions (Pryings, 1971), and later, to the cultural and political implications of the performative space he set up for the camera (The Red Tapes, 1976). Since the late '70s, Acconci has designed architectural and installation works for public spaces.

Also see:

Vito Acconci: An Interview

Vito Acconci–Conversations

Available Titles by Vito Acconci

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Association Area 1971 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Centers 1971 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Claim Excerpts 1971 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Command Performance 1973 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Face-Off 1972 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Open Book 1974 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Pryings 1971 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The Red Tapes 1976 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Remote Control 1971 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Sounding Board 1970 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Theme Song 1973 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Turn-On 1974 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Two Track 1971 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Undertone 1972 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Waterways: 4 Saliva Studies 1971 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list