Stamping in the Studio, Bruce Nauman, 1968, 05:00, (excerpt- ed from 1:01:35), U.S., b&w, sound

From an inverted position high above the floor, the camera records Nauman's trek back and forth across the studio. His repeated stamping suggests an obsessive or ritualized activ- ity. This short excerpt is taken from a 60-minute tape in which Nauman stamps through his studio without stopping; the dura- tion of the tape was determined by the length of standard tape stock. Repetition and the potential boredom of both the audi- ence and artist were attentional strategies explored by a number of post-minimalist artists and media makers during this period. Stamping in the Studio underscores an interest in the artist's everyday routine and in the process of art making. Nauman's sculpture and photography during this period consistently refer to a range of materials and disciplines, often employing language puns.
"An awareness of yourself comes from a certain amount of activity, and you can't get it from just thinking about yourself... So the films and some of the pieces that I did after for vid- eotapes were specifically about doing exercises in balance. I thought of them as dance problems without being a dancer, being interested in the kinds of tensions that arise when you try to balance and can't. Or do something for a long time and get tired." —Bruce Nauman (Willoughby Sharp, 1971)