Video: Bruce Nauman’s ‘Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square’ (1967-68)

You do exercises, you have certain kinds of awareness that you don’t have if you read books. So the films and some of the pieces that I did after that for videotapes were specifically about doing exercises in balance. I thought of them as dance-problems without being a dancer, being interested in the kinds of tension that arise when you try to balance and can’t. Or do something for a long time and get tired.

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman’s Walking in an Exaggerated Manner around the Perimeter of a Square (1967-68) is one of a series of film works that depict the artist interacting with a grid, which is delineated with masking tape fastened to his studio floor. Walking in an Exaggerated Manner… was choreographed by Meredith Monk, who went on to collaborate with Nauman in a number of works including a performance at the Whitney in 1969. Rolling on his hips, Nauman’s campy movements show the threshold upon which gesture becomes content.

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