Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance)

1967-68, 8:24 min, b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video

For this film, Nauman made a square of masking tape on the studio floor, with each side marked at its halfway point. To the sound of a metronome and beginning at one corner, he methodically moves around the perimeter of the square, sometimes facing into its interior, sometimes out. Each pace is the equivalent of half the length of a side of the taped square. He uses the hip-swaying walk in Walk with Contrapposto.


In exhibition, this title must be projected. The sound must be played through speakers. Headphones are not permitted.