An Untitled Place, 2009
performance with iPod, Dimensions Variable, Duration Variable
In “An Untitled Place,” a performer (played by Grady Owens) dressed like a magician collapses during the opening of "Phantom Limb," an exhibition curated by Mari Spirito about that which is not there. After collapsing, he rises laboriously, as if impeded by a gravitational pull greater than our own, stands, and collapses again in approximately 30-minute intervals. His right hand grasps a slightly outmoded silver iPod (minus earphones) playing video footage of the US flag on the moon. Only the occasional astronaut and slight camera movement disturb the stillness of the frame. The exhibition's July 16, 2009, opening coincided with the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's launch.