Article ID: CBB001320387

The Audiovisual Field in Bruce Nauman's Videos (2013)


This article investigates the audiovisual field in some of Bruce Nauman's early videos. Historians of science and anthropologists have pointed to the necessity of considering seeing and hearing as faculties that are acquired. I argue that media technology plays a crucial role in that process. Nauman's videos explore the relation of perception, the human body, and media technology, bringing to the fore the extent to which this seemingly self-evident relationship is artificial and constructed. In particular, Nauman's Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. employs techniques of musical training that emerged in the late nineteenth century from the physiology of movement and fatigue.

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Authors & Contributors
Cohen, Brigid
Mauskopf, Seymour H.
Katz, Mark
Finson, Jon W.
Ploeger, Joanna S.
Böhlandt, Marco
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
History and Technology
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal
American Sociological Review
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
University of Massachusetts Press
Verlag Karl Alber
Amsterdam University Press
Duke University Press
University of California, Irvine
University of Chicago
Technology and music
Science and art
Motion pictures; cinema; movies
Engineering, audio
Wilson, Robert Rathbun
Einstein, Albert
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
United States
California (U.S.)
Paris (France)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (United States)
Stanford University

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