SINGLE-CHANNEL 4: Gravitas
Two Body Equilibrium
July 12—September 8, 2013
Video gallery, Richard Meier building
Single-channel is a program dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of important single-
channel video by contemporary artists. Each year-long series is dedicated to a specific theme
explored in unexpected and surprising ways by artists from around the world. The exhibition format presents one video for approximately 12 weeks in the video gallery of the Richard Meier building.
Single-channel 4: Gravitas explores the force of gravity, both literally and figuratively. The second
work in this series, Adad Hannah’s Two Body Equilibrium, unfolds over a quick but intense four minutes as two men perform an act of balance and strength. Influenced by the “tableau vivant”
(living picture), in which an artwork is staged by costumed models in elaborate settings, the video
focuses on the impossible task of holding certain poses for long periods of time. In a scene inspired
by both Japanese ukiyo-e prints and European painting, the viewer is offered both a sensuous
display of color, pattern, and flesh, and a tension-filled performance that calls attention to
every subtle blink or movement.