Dan Graham: Theatre
A facsimile of Graham’s ultra-rare artist’s book documenting early performance works.
Originally published in 1978 and produced here in facsimile form, Theatre is an artist’s book documenting seven early performance works by Dan Graham (born 1942) taking place from 1969 to 1977, with notes, transcripts and photo documentation for each performance. These performances catch the artist at a unique moment, as he shifts away from his early media works and towards his hallmark video and written work around underground music and youth culture.
The works in Theatre focus primarily on the psychological and social space between individuals and the roles they serve inside the arena of performance, subverting them by creating conditions by which a performer or audience simultaneously functions as both (creating a type of feedback loop through social transgression). Like most of Graham’s work, these performances also serve as a critique of cultural norms, with many of the performances utilizing quotidian, social acts that are amplified over time.
《Theatre》最初出版于1978年，在此以传真形式出版，是一本记录 Dan Graham（生于1942年）1969年至1977年的七件早期表演作品的艺术家书籍，每场表演都有笔记、记录和照片记录。这些表演抓住了艺术家的一个独特的时刻，因为他从他的早期媒体作品转向了他围绕地下音乐和青年文化的标志性视频和文字作品。