Bruce Nauman Slows Down Time

Bruce Nauman in his New Mexico studio in August, 2000. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom.

Bruce Nauman in his New Mexico studio in August, 2000. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom.

“My videos always involve some idea of a human being in an unusual situation.” —Bruce Nauman

In today’s Exclusive, filmed in August 2000, Bruce Nauman discusses his video Poke in the Eye/Nose/Ear (1994) in which we see the artist poking his own face. Shown in slow motion, viewers are forced to pay attention to the formal qualities of each frame. Nauman reflects on how fellow artists John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Andy Warhol also reconsidered time and duration in their work.

Exclusive is supported, in part, by 21c Museum Hotel and by individual contributors.

Contributor
Ian Forster is Art21's associate producer. He joined the staff in October 2009, first working on William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible and subsequently Season 6 of Art in the Twenty-First Century. In addition to his work on Art21′s broadcast programming for PBS, Forster oversees the Web video series Exclusive and Artist to Artist and is deeply involved with New York Close Up.

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