Lawrence Weiner b. 1942
Green as Well as Blue as Well as Red (1976)
1976, 18 min, color, sound
"A table is set with two identical red books placed at diagonal corners and a stack of three poker chips placed in the center. Two women, Tina Girouard and Susanne Harris, enter the frame. Harris is wearing a red blouse, Girouard a blue blouse with a red carnation in her buttonhole. They shake hands and sit down. Different soundtracks begin to converge: one is a dialogue between Lawrence Weiner and Kathryn Bigelow; another track is the reading of works from the red book; and another is a field recording of 'Freiheit' from the Lincoln International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. Sometimes it sounds as if the work track is responding to the dialogue between Weiner and Bigelow, or as if it is directing the actions of the performers. Weiner directed the camera, mixed the soundtracks and maintained the dialogue with Bigelow at one go, while the performers performed. (Weiner does not appear, but the camera pans once to Bigelow who is sitting on a chair to the left of the performers.) So it is, in effect, a live tape." - Alice Weiner
Produced by Moved Pictures, New York City. Videophotography: Carlota Schoolman. Ambient Music: Freiheit (Freedom), Ernst Bush and chorus, from "Songs of the Lincoln and International Brigades" (Stinson Records, SLP 52, 33 1/3 rpm). Players: Tina Girouard, Suzanne Harris. Commentators: Kathryn Bigelow and Lawrence Weiner. First Presentation: "A proposition + some questions as to moved pictures," Artists' Space, New York City, February 27, 1976.
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