Exchange

1973 | 00:36:02 | United States | English | B&W | Mono

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Performance, Video History

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In 1972, Robert Morris and Lynda Benglis agreed to exchange videos in order to develop a dialogue between each other’s work. Morris’s video, Exchange, is a part of that process—a response to Benglis’s Mumble. At the beginning of the piece, Morris comments on the nature of the collaboration, their interaction, and what they represent to each other. Morris’s speculations about work, travel, and relationships are juxtaposed with frozen images of race cars, Benglis herself, images from Benglis's video, and Manet’s Olympia. An asymmetry of elements forms as the video moves from the professional towards the personal—a shift that gives the work humanity and, concerning the development of early conceptual video, its unique historical importance.

This title was in the original Castelli-Sonnabend video art collection.

This title is also available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 1.