Rebecca Horn

Overflowing Blood Machine

1970

Original title
Überstromer
Medium
Glass, metal, plastic and water pump
Dimensions
Object: 1650 x 700 x 430 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2002
Reference
T07843

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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’.

Gallery label, September 2004