For Example: Decorated

1977 | 00:23:00 | United States | English | Color

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Performance, Video History

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For Example: Decorated is a talk show featuring art world personalities Britte Le Va, Peter Gordon, and James Sarkis. The show begins with Le Va reciting the credits; then she introduces herself, Soviet style — as in Do You Believe in Water? — by saying her name, then clapping. The other guests follow, and as the three converse about the role of art in life, they build little structures with the Lego blocks that cover the coffee table. The soundtrack is composed of three different audio channels: Le Va and Weiner reading artist “conditions” (“The artist may construct the work; the work may be fabricated; the work need not be built …”); Le Va speaking generally about how to make friends with transvestites (their likes and dislikes, etc.); and Le Va singing a version of Marlene Dietrich’s "Falling in Love Again".

Video Photography and Direction: Michael H. Shamberg
First Production Consultant: Carlota Schoolman
The Players: Britta Le Va, Peter Gordon, James Sarkis