Suzy Lake

Box Concert, 1974

Suzy Lake
Box Concert
Dimensions and medium
Black and white video, sound, 5 min
Artwork description
A significant work from Suzy Lake’s practice, Box Concert combines performance and video in a one-minute piece presented as a five-minute loop. Shot in the artist’s studio, the video depicts Lake manipulating a long box in a series of vertical and horizontal movements that demarcate the space on the screen. Through this very simple technique, Box Concert presents a study of time and space through video: the performance time refers to real time, that is, to the minute required to complete the performance; while the artificial time corresponds to the five-minute duration of the performance shown in a loop. This video marks the beginning of Lake’s research on the interpretation and perception of received images, suggesting that perception can only ever be relative.

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