“Ready to Shoot”

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

A furrow is being plowed in the sand, first parallel to the left edge of the film screen, then to the right, bottom, and top edges, until the picture frame appears doubled by the quadratic line on the beach. Jan Dibbets’s 16 mm 12 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective, 1969, filmed on the coast of the Netherlands, brings together the central aspects of the “exhibition” with which the Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum went on the air on April 15, 1969: “Land Art,” an anthology of eight projects, among them Dennis Oppenheim’s Timetrack, Following the Timeborder Between Canada and USA, 1969, and Barry Flanagan’s A Hole in the Sea, 1969, was the first exhibition conceived for the medium of television. Instead of presenting standard reportage on contemporary art, it presented artistic projects in the medium of television; instead of the object status of art, it emphasized its processes,

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