Centers

1971 | 00:22:43 | United States | English | B&W | Mono

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Performance, Video History

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"Pointing at my own image on the video monitor: my attempt is to keep my finger constantly in the center of the screen — I keep narrowing my focus into my finger. The result [the TV image] turns the activity around: a pointing away from myself, at an outside viewer."

— Vito Acconci, "Body as Place-Moving in on Myself, Performing Myself," Avalanche 6 (Fall 1972)

"By its very mise-en-scène, Centers typifies the structural characteristics of the video medium. For Centers was made by Acconci’s using the video monitor as a mirror. As we look at the artist sighting along his outstretched arm and forefinger toward the center of the screen we are watching, what we see is a sustained tautology: a line of sight that begins at Acconci’s plane of vision and ends at the eyes of his projected double."

— Rosalind Krauss, "Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism," October 1 (Spring 1976)

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