The restless mind of Vito Acconci has always pushed him on to seek new challenges and directions. Continuously hammering at the limitations of the medium he is working on, Acconci has produced a diverse body of work in poetry, performance art, sound, film, sculpture, and photography. Born in the Bronx in 1940, Acconci would initially pool all his energies into writing and language. By the late 60s he was experimenting with photography and performance, exploring movements in space and adding text to document his actions.
Born in 1940, Acconci was an early exponent of body art, he would make prints,...
Land of Water sketches a scenario where rivers take over the earth—"water has seeped up to the surface: the land is veined with water…". Its dramatic announcement could almost be an extract from a sci-fi movie. Flowing alongside the streams are accompanying phrases describing their course and gradual conquest of the land. Interspersed with roads and greenery, water is portrayed both as a dividing and uniting force, cleaving in both senses of the word.
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