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Trish Oesterling, Carolyn Lucas, David Thomson, Gregory Lara in Set and Reset (1983). Photo © Mark Hanauer 1993. Courtesy Trisha Brown Dance Company

Room 3 in The Tanks

Set and Reset by Trisha Brown With Laurie Anderson, Beverly Emmons, and Robert Rauschenberg

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Robert Rauschenberg, maker Lawrence Voytek, Elastic Carrier (Shiner)  1983, remade 2009

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Babette Mangolte, Trisha Brown WATER MOTOR  1978

Trisha Brown WATER MOTOR is a filmed record of a solo performance by the American postmodern dancer and choreographer Trisha Brown (born 1936). The film is black and white and silent, lasting seven minutes and fifty five seconds. It has been produced in an edition of five plus two artist’s proofs; Tate’s copy is number four in the edition. The artist’s preference is for the film to be shown as a projection, but it can also be displayed on a monitor. Brown’s Water Motor dance premiered at the Public Theatre, Newman Stage in New York on 22 May 1978; the dance has subsequently come to be recognised as a key piece in Brown’s early work. Lasting only two and a half minutes, it was a virtuoso display of energetic movement. Typical of Brown’s choreography, it features movements derived from everyday gestures, extended into a fluid sequence that, as the work’s title suggests, recalls both the flow of water and the intensity of a motorised engine.

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Trisha Brown, Rehearsal of ‘Set and Reset’ at Trisha Brown’s Loft, New York, USA (Building Tapes)  1982–1983

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Trisha Brown, Laurie Anderson, Beverly Emmons, Robert Rauschenberg, Premiere performance of Set and Reset at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 21 October 1983  1983

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Laurie Anderson, Long Time No See  1982–1983

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Trisha Brown, maker James Byrne, Rehearsal of ‘Set and Reset’ 1983 in Trisha Brown’s Loft, New York, NY, in advance of the taping of ‘Set and Reset, Version 1’ as part of the GBH New Television Workshop (Performance Documentation)  1984

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Art in this room

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Robert Rauschenberg, maker Lawrence Voytek Elastic Carrier (Shiner) 1983, remade 2009

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Babette Mangolte Trisha Brown WATER MOTOR 1978

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Trisha Brown Rehearsal of ‘Set and Reset’ at Trisha Brown’s Loft, New York, USA (Building Tapes) 1982–1983

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Trisha Brown, Laurie Anderson, Beverly Emmons, Robert Rauschenberg Premiere performance of Set and Reset at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 21 October 1983 1983

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Laurie Anderson Long Time No See 1982–1983

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Trisha Brown, maker James Byrne Rehearsal of ‘Set and Reset’ 1983 in Trisha Brown’s Loft, New York, NY, in advance of the taping of ‘Set and Reset, Version 1’ as part of the GBH New Television Workshop (Performance Documentation) 1984

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