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Dan Graham «Performer/Audience/Mirror» | Performer/Audience/Mirror, Riverside Studios London (GB)
Dan Graham, «Performer/Audience/Mirror», 1977
Performer/Audience/Mirror, Riverside Studios London (GB), 1979 | © Dan Graham

 Dan Graham

A performer faces a seated audience. Behind the performer, covering the back wall (parallel to the frontal view of the seated audience), is a mirror reflecting the audience.

stage 1: The performer looks in the general direction of the audience. He begins a continuous description of the external movements and the attitudes he believes are signified y this behavior for about 5 minutes. The audience hears the performer and sees a mirrorview reverse to the performer's view.

stage 2: The performer continues facing he audience. Looking directly at them, he continuously describes their external behavior for bout 5 minutes.

stage 3: The performer faces the mirror (his back being turned to the audience). For about 5 minutes he continuously describes his front body's gestures and the attitudes it may signify. He is free to move about, to change his distance relative to the mirror, in order to better see aspects of his body's movements. When he sees and describes his front, the audience, inversely, sees his back (and their front). The performer is facing the same direction as the audience, seeing the same mirror-view. The audience can not see (the position of) the performer's eyes.

stage 4: The performer remains turned, facing the mirror. For about 5 minutes he observes and continuously describes the audience who he can see mirror-reversed from Stage 2 (their right and left now being the same as his). He freely moves about relative to the mirror in order to view different aspects of the audience's behavior. His change of position produces a changing visual perspective which is correspondingly reflected in the description. The audience's view remains fixed; they are not (conventionally) free to move from their seats in relation to the mirror covering the front staging area.