Cinema

Image of Cinema art installation by Dan Graham [1]

Dan Graham


Cinema


1981


Two Sided Glass, Theater Seats, Film, Lights


 


Dan Graham’s work, Cinema, is an interesting and
multidimensional piece. His notoriety of creating architecturally intricate
works that often play with the concepts of perception and light incites
consideration of relationships between things such as psychology and society.
In the case of Cinema, Graham assembled a specialized movie theater on a ground
floor office corner using a system of two sided glass and mirrors. The way in
which he set these pieces of glass up allowed for a variable system of
perceptions to take place, the lighter of the two sides only seeing a
reflection from their end while the darker side instead sees a transparency.
With this setup, the relationship between the two glasses varies over the
duration of the piece. The outside public space is able to see the inside as
the movie going audience enters and exits the theater, the rest of the time
seeing a muted, horizontal mirror image of the movie in progress. The inside
sees a combination of the movie as well as a layered transparency of the
outside sidewalk activity, only obscured between showing times when the outside
can see inward. This intricate setup calls upon themes such as perception, voyeurism
and self awareness. In being able to semi-view the public engaging in various
activities and then being later subjugated to one’s own reflection(as well as
their audience on the other side) it can open one’s eyes to the amount that
they perhaps engage in watching other people or conversely how much they have
been watched by others. It also touches on the habitual nature of cinematic
experiences as well as political power[2]. Graham never placed a specific message or meaning behind his work,
leaving it only as an event serving to direct attention toward Cinema, Cinema
habits and perception.

 

 

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