Dan Graham, Public Space/Two Audiences, (1976)

 Two rooms, each with separate entrance, divided by a sound-insulating glass panel, one mirrored wall, muslin, fluorescent lights, and wood.

In Public Space/Two Audiences (created for the Biennale di Venezia in 1976), before entering the rooms, visitors agreed to remain in that space for thirty minutes. This period of time, perhaps a little too long for staying in an empty room with other (most likely unknown) viewers, induced one to communicate beyond words, since the spaces, divided by a wall of glass, made any exchange of sounds impossible. There was also a mirror in the back, which duplicated the locale. Minimalism might have had a powerful influence on Graham; however, he took advantage of Minimalism’s structures in very unconventional ways, in this case, creating a nearly invisible environment that spoke resoundingly about it’s own environment and the spectators role within it.


LONGVA Performance News Update: NORWAY


My Longva+Carpenter collaborator, Terese Longva, has been up to some exciting stuff the last few months! Read more about it on our duo’s news blog:

Longva presented new work back in December in Oslo, Norway as part of a Performance Art Oslo (PAO) festival.


(Photo by Mia Øquist from Grace Exhibition Space, NYC)


Longva is also curating a performance event in Bergen, as part of the Performance Art Bergen (PAB) roster, being presented this week. Read more info on the PAB website.