Body Music I

1973-74, 12:54 min, b&w, sound

Produced by Palestine at Art/Tapes/22 in Florence, Italy, this is a seminal performance-based exercise. Palestine calls Body Music I "a study in the vocal-physical responses of a species caught in an enclosed square room." He begins this ritualistic piece sitting on the floor, establishing an aural rhythm by banging his knees against its hard surface. As his momentum builds and accelerates, he rises and hurtles himself with intensity against the walls, as if trying to escape from confinement.

Produced by Art/Tapes/22.

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1973-74, 20:30 min, b&w, sound