Points of View: Clocktower

1974 | 00:44:04 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: City, Conceptual Art, Film or Videomaking, Video History

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A circular image moves across a black background while two people attempt to describe what they are seeing. A prime example of Nancy Holt’s examination into the way we interpret what we see, Points of View features four couples (Lucy Lippard and Richard Serra, Liza Bear and Klaus Kertess, Carl Andre and Ruth Kligman and Bruce Brice and Tina Girouard) talking to each other while watching the moving ellipse. Each of the four sections takes in the “view” from a different direction, north, south, east and west. The participants take part in an optical experiment as they try to interpret what they might be looking at, discuss the process itself, talk about the role of fantasy in interpretation of the unknown, the cultural impact of television, architecture, and the culture of watching.