Item MS-3-46, 1976-002 - Past future split attention, Performer audience sequence

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Past future split attention, Performer audience sequence

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Dan Graham

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MS-3-46, 1976-002

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  • March 1972; 1976 (Creation)
    Graham, Dan, 1942-

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1 videocassette (60 mins.) : b&w, Betacam SP, NTSC, sd. mono.

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Dan Graham was born in 1942 and has been an artist since the 1970s. Graham is a conceptual film and video artist, who uses also installation and performance. Graham’s artwork engages the viewer into questioning the public and private, the audience and performer, objectivity and subjectivity. Graham has also published various critical and theoretical essays that discuss and investigate the contemporary cultural ideology. In 2009, Graham had a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, entitled “Dan Graham: Beyond”, which then traveled the United States.

Custodial history

The tape was donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 2013 by the Centre for Art Tapes.

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Item is a Betacam SP videocassette that contains two video works created by Dan Graham in 1976 : Past future split attention (17 min., 25 sec.) and Performer / audience / sequence (45 min. 11 sec.). The first work was performed in London's Lisson Gallery in March 1972. The performance is a project of restructuring space and time, where two people are in the same space, and while one predicts the other person's behaviour, the other recalls the other person's past behaviour. The second work was performed at Artist's Space, New York in January 1976. In this performance, Graham stands in front of a mirror, facing the audience, and tells the audience his movements and their meanings. Videocassette was dubbed from a U-matic sub-master to Betacam SP by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Centre for Art Tapes screened the work in 1979.

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  • English

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Videocassette is a dub. Location of master video is unknown.

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Video can be viewed at the Dalhousie University Archives. Advance notice is required.

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See MS-3-46, Box 23, Folder 13 for notes about exhibition of Past Future Split Attention and video piece for shop windows in the arcade.

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Descriptive information was originally prepared by Renee Gruszecki and updated by Tom Power March 9 2006. The archival description was revised on April 10, 2015 by the Dalhousie University Archives. The archival description was revised again on April 15th, 2019 by Liz McElroy.

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  • English

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