Vito Acconci, well-known in the world of video art, started his career with the beginning of this art in the sixties, and quickly became a leading figure of this emerging movement.
Focusing on his body and experimentation towards communication between himself and the spectator, Acconci has created a particular dialogue between those two elements.
At a recent exhbition at Argos Centre for Art and Media in Brussels a dozen videos and works as poems were shown, giving an overview of his artistic creation. The leitmotiv is self evident : a call for dialogue with the public. There is also another aspect : the question of the relationship between the individual space and the social one. Acconci is constantly trying to define himself in relation to the spaces and the spectator by using sometimes a sweet, direct, angry, comprehensive, and also sometimes a sensual discourse. Sometimes Acconci can invade with his face the entire screen space or want to hide himself in the corner of the room. So the spectator via the monitor is watching as a « voyeur » or another time can be the confidant of Acconci or his psychologue.
Alongside this research and specially ordered for the gallery, a room is entirely made off white ribbons dangling which give a totally different aspect of the space. A radio is broadcasting some sounds and vocal texts, the public is free to walk inside this strange wood or balance itself on big ballons. Certainly an experience.
This corresponds to the work of the eigthies when Acconci was experimenting cityscape and sculptural creations.
To find out more about Vito Acconci visit his Artslant profile, and find teasers and synopses of his video works on Video Data Bank here.