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Klara Lidén

550

2004

Video, sound, colour

2:56 min

Courtesy of Reena Spaulings Fine Arts, Galerie Neu and the Artist

In the video 550, 2004, Lidén takes over a vacated home on Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn. There, she pedals on an ancient stationary bike, plays the piano while singing “Ich brauche mein Space” (I need my space) in a Nico-esque baritone, and generally dwells, topless but back turned to the camera, revealing her architectural but also fleshy frame. Lidén’s presence in her work has been called “asexual,” but it is not. Her recorded movements and installations articulate a reciprocity between performance and architecture in a way that differs from its exploration by earlier artists, like Vito Acconci, in the androgyny of its sensuality.