Caught in the Act

1973, 36 min, b&w, sound

A photographic session in which the artist as "ballerina" is photographed by the "photographer" in a set of stills intended to represent her in the appropriately glamorous and correct positions, after only three months of ballet training. The tape juxtaposes the truth of the "still" image, adequate for 1/125 of a second, against the video camera's more extensive duration. The cropped reality photographed is compared to the "truth" of the video camera.

Producer/Director: Eleanor Antin. Technical Director: Charles Cox. Ballerina: Eleanor Antin. Photographer: Philip Steinmetz. Camera: Fred Lonidier, Lennart Bowein, Allan Sekula.