Card from Bruce Nauman exhibition ‘Shadow Puppet Spinning Head’ at Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich
15th Feb - 27th March 1997
Size: 15 x 21cm folded in 2
Shadow Puppet Spinning Head dates from the late 1980s and early 1990s, a time when Bruce Nauman created what were to that point his most ambitious multimedia installations. These works, with their moving images and sound that surround viewers like sculpture, proclaimed a new range for video installation in intensity and effect. This installation fills a medium-sized space and comprises several elements: a wax head suspended from the ceiling by a cable; a simple bed sheet acting as a translucent screen for the projection of the head's rotating, upside-down shadow; and a television monitor on which a video of the upright, wax head plays. The head on the television and the shadow head spin at the same time, while the actual, "real" waxhead remains relatively stationary. The three versions of the head, one on the screen, one in real space, and the projected shadow confound cause and effect. Accompanying the action of the spinning heads is a soundtrack of a grinding, indeterminate noise. Described as sounds merely picked up from the studio, the noise sets the pitch for Nauman's exploration of unease.