Rebecca Horn Overflowing Blood Machine 1970

Artwork details

Artist
Rebecca Horn born 1944
Title
Overflowing Blood Machine
Überstromer
Date 1970
Medium Glass, metal, plastic and water pump
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1650 x 700 x 430 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2002
Reference
T07843
Not on display

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Horn’s machine evokes medical apparatus, though its function remains unclear. Horn says of this piece, ‘the performer is tied up on top of a glass container (more an aquarium), tubes surrounding his body. Blood pumps, slowly, circulated through the glass container through the plastic tubes; enclosing his body like a pulsing garment of veins [it] forces the evolution of the motionless person into being an extension of the mechanism itself’.

September 2004

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