Stamping in the Studio

1968 | 01:01:35 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Conceptual Art, Performance, Video History

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From an inverted position, high above the floor, the camera records Nauman’s trek back and forth and across the studio; his stamping creates a generative rhythm reminiscent of native drum beats or primitive dance rituals. However, Nauman is not participating in a social rite or communal ritual—he is completely individualized. Isolated in his studio, his actions have no apparent reason or cause beyond his aesthetic practice.

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

An excerpt of this title (5:00) is also available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 1

Exhibitions + Festivals

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