New York

Tim Hyde

Max Protetch

Tim Hyde uses video to examine architecture—a relationship between media that brings to mind Dan Graham’s ongoing investigation of public and private space, as well as Doug Aitken’s Sleepwalkers, 2007. But Hyde is less interested in contrasting the time-based quality of one with the space-based element of the other than in using these complementary practices to examine the psychological result of inhabiting a body inside a built space.

These concerns are most profoundly explored in The Keeper, 2006, in which the camera focuses on an elderly woman’s back. Hyde set out to film the repeating concrete arches in a former KGB building (now a fast-food restaurant) in Ukraine but found an unexpected collaborator in a woman who felt compelled, for unknown reasons, to block his camera with her body. So, we end up focusing not on the architecture but on the weave of the woman’s sweater, the strands

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