Video Indirect approaches (1973)
Vito Acconci, Indirect Approaches (1973). Exhibition view. Venice International Performance Art Week 2014. Photograph by Samanta Cinquini.
Born 1940 in Bronx. Lives
and works in Brooklyn.
Vito Acconci is an American
sculptor, architectural designer, video and performance artist. Having started
his artistic career as a poet in the early 1960s, he moved towards making use
of his own body as a subject and object for photography, film, video, and
performance. His work often comments subversively and controversially on social
issues. Defying the fragile limits between public and private spheres,
especially in his early videotapes Acconci investigated interpersonal awareness
and observation of the artist himself as well as of the viewer.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL
PERFORMANCE ART WEEK shows the historical videotape Indirect Approaches, which
has been produced in 1973 at Art/Tapes/22 in Florence, Italy. Acconci here
experiments and questions the intimate connection and closeness with the viewer
through the camera, by talking directly to the viewer while walking back and
forth in the eye of the camera. The immaterial space of the video image filters
into the real space inhabited by the watcher, likewise triggering a virtual
negotiation between two subjects: the artist and the viewer. Physicality,
psychology and the medium “media” are here elongated through a commonplace
Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia - ASAC
© Venice International Performance Art Week 2012-2014