Revolving Upside Down

1968 | 01:00:00 | United States | English | B&W | Mono

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Body, Performance, Video History

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The inverted camera catches Nauman standing at the end of the room, slowly spinning around on one foot, first head down in one direction, then head up in the other direction. The tape seems to be as much a trial of Nauman’s endurance as an exercise in becoming a human machine, some type of cog or mechanized weather vane.

"I wanted the tension of waiting for something to happen, and then you should just get drawn into the rhythm of the thing. There's a passage in Beckett's Molloy about transferring stones from one place to another, in the pockets of an overcoat, without getting them mixed up. It's elaborate without any point."

— Bruce Nauman

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

Exhibitions + Festivals

Museum of Modern Art, "From the Collection: The 1960s", March 2016