Carolee Schneemann : Rest in Peace & Power

 

Rest in Peace & Power Carolee Schneemann

Nude on Tracks (1974) by Carolee Schneemann with photo by Charles Stein 2

Nude on Tracks (1974) by Carolee Schneemann (photo by Charles Stein)

Carolee Schneemann had a tremendous impact on me as a young artist during my first few years in New York City.

When I think about her piece “Nude on Tracks” (1974), photographed by Charles Stein, it reminds me of my first trip ever to Europe with her on a performance art tour in 1978. In a dusty old Belgium museum (Antwerp or Tournai) she performed a similar piece for me alone on top of a white, smooth, marble statue of a nobleman. No camera. The Museum was dim, dank and empty, as they used to be, and Carolee just slipped out of her cloths, handed them to me, and hopped onto the sculpture. She did it for herself, really, yet I was amazed and delighted to have been there to see it.

Carolee was a wonderful friend, artist and person. Her bodily bold sense of freedom has since then continued to nourish and inspire my art and writing. All poetic praise to brave smart sexy Carolee.

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About josephnechvatal

Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation’s computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK and occasionally teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays “Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006)” was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book “Immersion Into Noise” was published by the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press http://openhumanitiespress.org/immersion-into-noise.html. You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here: http://www.nechvatal.net
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