Monday, January 25, 2010

Vito Acconci wants you to fulfill his dreams

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click to enlarge DREAMWEAVER: A still from "Theme Song"
  • DREAMWEAVER: A still from "Theme Song"

Vito Acconci is talking to you. He is facing the camera and saying, "You could fulfill all the dreams, all the dreams I had." The questions start forming in response: "Is he sincere? Is he a shameless flatterer? Who does Vito Acconci think he is? Who does he think I am?"

The latest installment of Atlanta's Film Love series presents a selection of videos by Acconci to celebrate his 70th birthday. Acconci trained as a fiction writer at the Iowa Writers Workshop in the early '60s, but when he returned to New York in 1964 something inside him changed. "It was probably the first time I had seen in real life, in real space, a Jasper Johns painting. And I thought, I want to do something like that," he told the Believer magazine in 2006.

Acconci began to write poetry that focused on the visual form – nearly blank pages with thin, vertical lines of letters. Soon, his poetry moved off the page and into performance and video. He started seeing his body as a limitation for a poem. Instead of setting or representing a scene, he provokes the viewer to engage with him – to complete his scene.

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