Robert Bowers

1971, 05:30 minutes, B&W, silent


The camera opens in a close-up of a pair of lips on which a snail shell has been placed. The performer remains motionless, and reassured by the stillness, the snail gradually emerges from its shell and crawls away.

A simple exposition of video as framing device for body-based and time-based performance, and a concise metaphor for the relationship between intimacy and trust.

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Critical Writing

Excerpt Ability: Reva Stone Installs Laiwan
by Reva Stone. Poolside, 2002.
First-generation Video
by Carole Corbeil. The Globe and Mail, June 14, 1988.
First-generation video
by Carole Corbeil. The Globe and Mail, June 14, 1986.
by Renee Baert. Vintage Video: Early Canadian Video Art to 1974, 1986. Toronto: Artculture Resource Centre, 1986.
Transcript of a videotape interview with Joe Bodolai
by Joe Bodolai. artscanada, Oct. 1973, v. 30, no. 4.