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Vito Acconci

The Kitchen and Sonnabend Gallery

Three works by Vito Acconci at the Kitchen are accompanied by a puzzling press release. “Until recently,” it reads, “Acconci’s installations have been built into a space, developing from the particular characteristics of that space. Currently, the installations are more like vehicles passing through a space and stopped by that space, or like devices that can be hooked onto a space.” In these terms, then, it seems that the “cultural space”—one of a sequence of inflections of a neutral concept—is being directed towards transition. Movable Floor is a room covered with immovable roller skates. Four headphones play disco music and a Chilean revolutionary song. Instant House, four flat walls doubling as American flags, occupies the entire floor. By sitting on a swing in the room’s center, one can make them spring up to form a room with Russian flags as the outer walls. When the New Revolution

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