Titles with or about Vito Acconci

Focal Point

1971, 32:47 min, b&w, sound

In this exercise in the act of viewing and being viewed, Acconci explores intuitive perception through intense concentration. Blindfolded, he stands against a wall, his nude back to the camera. The camera focuses on his neck; the cameraman says, "I'm staring at the back of your neck from straight on." The camera angle changes and the cameraman continues, "I'm staring at the back of your neck from the left side," etc. Throughout the tape, the camera moves to focus alternately on his body and on objects in the performance space, while Acconci attempts to guess the object and direction of the camera's gaze. "I feel you staring at the back of my neck now." "Yes." "You're staring from the right side."