Bruce Nauman Slows Down Time
by Ian Forster | Dec 27, 2013
Bruce Nauman in his New Mexico studio in August, 2000. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom.
“My videos always involve some idea of a human being in an unusual situation.” —Bruce Nauman
In today’s Exclusive, filmed in August 2000, Bruce Nauman discusses his video Poke in the Eye/Nose/Ear (1994) in which we see the artist poking his own face. Shown in slow motion, viewers are forced to pay attention to the formal qualities of each frame. Nauman reflects on how fellow artists John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Andy Warhol also reconsidered time and duration in their work.
Exclusive is supported, in part, by 21c Museum Hotel and by individual contributors.
As a producer and director, Ian Forster creates documentary content for Art21’s various digital and broadcast programs. Since joining the organization in 2009, he has worked on four seasons of Art in the Twenty-First Century
and the Peabody Award-winning film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible
. Additionally, he has overseen the digital series Extended Play
since 2012, producing over 100 short artist portraits. Forster created the online video series Artist to Artist
in 2013, which has since featured artists in conversation with their peers at international biennials in Italy, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.