Stages @ Vito Acconci. 1973

Publié le par Olivier Lussac

STAGES, 1973
1973, 32:30 min, b&w, sound
This historical videotape, produced in 1973 by Art/Tapes/22 in Florence, Italy, is being made available for the first time in decades through EAI's Video Preservation Program. Acconci writes: "Black screen -- a spotlight, circle of light on the floor, just part of it off-screen, in front of the screen, in the viewer's space. I'm off-screen, singing: the tone is vague still, indefinable. Then I come into the spotlight, partly, so that my face is barely visible: 'I'd be dancing for you -- I'd know you were watching -- I'd be at my peak.' Off-screen, grand song; then I'm back: 'I'd know you were watching -- but I'd be nervous, I wouldn't know whose side you were on.' Off-screen; song becomes shakier. I'm back then: 'I'd be dancing for someone else now -- but I wouldn't want to betray this.' Off-screen; insinuating song; I'm back: 'I'd be awkward, you'd be making a fool of me.'... Off-screen; circus-like song; then I return: 'I'd escape in my mind -- I'd be drifting away, dreaming.' ... Desperate song off-screen, then: 'By this time things would have changed -- I'd have the upper hand -- I could kill you -- I'd do it slowly -- taunt you.' Off-screen, sneering song, then: 'But now I'd have changed my mind -- I'd want us to be reconciled -- I'd know you'd come back to me.' Off-screen, full-spectacle song."
Produced by Art/Tapes/22

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