*1942 in Urbana, Illinois (USA). Graham was owner of a gallery, art and culture theorist, photographer, film producer, performance and installation artist. A pioneer in performance and video art in the 1970's, Graham later turned his attention to architectural projects designed for social interaction in public spaces. Furthermore, writing has been an essential aspect of Graham's work. His texts range from early conceptual art pieces inserted in mass-market magazines, to writings on his fellow artists, to analyses of popular culture. Graham lives and works in New York City (USA).
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1. Dan Graham "Performer / Audience / Mirror" (39:00)
Recorded live at Riverside Studios, London
Installation: A performer faces a seated audience. Behind the performer, covering the entire back wall (which is facing or parallel to the frontal view of the seated audience members) is a mirror.
STAGE 1: The performer faces the audience. he begins continuously describing himself -- his external features -- although looking in the direction of the audience. He does this for about 5 minutes.
STAGE 2: The performer continues to face the audience. He observes and then phenomenologically describes the audience's external appearance for about 5 minutes.
STAGE 3: The performer faces the mirror (his back turned to the audience). He continuously describes himself (as in STAGE 1).
STAGE 4: The performer faces the mirror. He observes and describes the audience (as in STAGE 3).
Further Stages may be any of the first 4 Stages, in any order.
2. The Static (40:25)
Glenn Branca: Guitar
Barbara Ess: Bass
Christine Hahn: Drums
Recorded live at Riverside Studios, London, 24 Feb 1979
3. My Religion: Extract from a work tape: Ann Lee (6:50)
Both recordings are un-edited and were made at Riverside Studios on February 24th 1979.
From: Audio Arts Supplement C-80
Editor: William Furlong
Dan Graham in UbuWeb Historical
Dan Graham in The UbuWeb Anthology of Conceptual Writing
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