Bruce NaumanMAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage) 2001

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Bruce Nauman (born 1941)
MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage)
Date 2001
MediumVideo, 7 projections, colour and sound (mono)
Dimensionsduration: 5hours, 45min Overall display dimensions variable
Acquisition Purchased jointly by Tate, London with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery; Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris with the support of Mr and Mrs William S. Fisher Family Foundation and the Georges Pompidou Culture Found
Not on display


The two complex video installations titled Mapping the Studio I (Fat Chance John Cage) 2001 (Dia Foundation, New York) and Mapping the Studio II with color shift, flip, flop & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage) were created from material that suggested itself to the artist by chance. He has explained:

What triggered this piece were the mice. We had a big influx of field mice that summer in the house and in the studio ... They were so plentiful even the cat was getting bored with them ... I was sitting around the studio being frustrated because I didn’t have any new ideas, and I decided that you just have to work with what you’ve got. What I had was this cat and the mice, and I happened to have a video camera in the studio that had infrared capability. So I set it up and turned it on at night and let it run when I wasn’t there, just to see what I’d get ... I thought to myself why not make a map of the studio and its leftovers ..… (read more)

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