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Acts of Finding: A Conversation with Ann Hamilton
by Jan Garden Castro


Acts of reading have multiple dimensions yet leave no material trace: this is the subject of human carriage, Ann Hamilton’s recent installation circumnavigating the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum, which was on view last year. Pulleys, guillotined books, a silk-sheathed bell that rang as it raced down the building’s iconic spiral, and a Reader who operated the pulley system all demonstrated how Hamilton’s work can transform a space through minimal means. Through performances, objects, and installations, she explores the sensory and spiritual dimensions of our bodies and the spaces we inhabit, delving into ways of seeing, touching, hearing, and reading that are as tactile and immediate as they are subconscious and invisible.

human carriage, 2009.
Cloth, wire, bells, books, string, pipe, pulleys, pages, cable, air, and sound, site-specific installation at the Guggenheim Museum, NY.


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