|The installation is looking at the past
in three interlocked flashbacks bringing to the fore the question
of changing subjective values in the act of looking at art and
the art-making process. The way we look and the things we are
looking at today have changed markedly in the last thirty years.
What we call time has changed even more. The installation examines
how time as movement and time as duration are interconnected
and historically determined.
Can we still think that stillness can be used to show movement?
Can we still represent the sense of theatrical time of another
generation using a stage set and a heightened presence of the
performers’ bodies with sound amplification?
Can we still believe in the utopist idea of the permanence of
art as endless renewal as we see the light constantly changing
on the shimmering reflections on water?
Movement is as relentless and unrepeatable as the linear unfolding
time of film.
The print on silk was mounted on a round stick of wood painted
white mounted slightly away from the wall. The stiff backing
needed for the laser printing of the silk had been removed.
The printed silk was evoking a lightweight curtain about two
inches from the wall. The silk material was floating somewhat
and breathing with the draft that occurred in the gallery because
of air circulation. It is that quality in the movement, which
for me made the piece that uses a quote from the French filmmaker
Robert Bresson who advocates for a film "to be in a state
of perpetual birth".
Description of the elements from
left to right:
Trisha Brown Four Photographs
Left to right and top to bottom:
Roof Piece Photograph © Babette Mangolte 1973
Choreography by Trisha Brown over Soho roofs between Houston
Street & Canal Street (New York City)
Glacial Decoy Photograph © Babette Mangolte 1979
Choreography by Trisha Brown, Set by Robert Rauschenberg (Public
Theater, New York City)
Accumulation Photograph © Babette Mangolte 1973
Choreography by Trisha Brown (Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Water Motor Photograph © Babette Mangolte 1978
Choreography by Trisha Brown (Rehearsal studio, New York City)
Robert Morris Four Pieces by Morris
Film by Babette Mangolte © Babette Mangolte 1993 (90
The film is a reconstruction of seminal performances from
the Sixties by Robert Morris shot in the Nineties (New York
Robert Bresson Print for Bresson
Image composed from digital video of the water of the Seine
River in Paris, Citation by Robert Bresson published in Arts
et Spectacles (May 7,1959)
« Le film doit être quelque chose en perpétuelle
“A film should be in a state of perpetual birth”
Printed on silk © Babette Mangolte 2002
Thanks to Hector Bracho, Fang Chen, Megan O’Connor
and Kate Hare for technical assistance in the making and the
mounting of the print.