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Pacing the Cell: Walking and Productivity in the Work of Bruce Nauman

2016

Abstract

After graduating from art school in the late 1960s Bruce Nauman found himself pacing his studio, unsure how to produce work as a professional artist. Out of this practice arose several films and videos recording these performances of studio pacing. This paper draws upon Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (1975, translated into English 1977) to shed light upon the aesthetic of confinement and incarceration found in Nauman’s use of the walking body in this early work.

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