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Video: William Hunt

published on 27 July 2005

A poetic performance by artist William Hunt who has been building up a portfolio of endurance-related performances that involve a degree of musical performativity played out under some situation of physical duress. This time flooding a black BMW car interior with cold water and placing it in it's own splash pool, Hunt climbs into the makeshift tank of water to sit submerged in the drivers seat, take deep gulps from an oxygen tank and sing out notes on exhaling. He keeps up this watery performance for over 20 minutes. The work has a sculptural gravitas, and not only emphasises physical daring, it suceeds in echoing some of the tennets of romanticism: invoking an emotional reaction as a source of aesthetic experience, through trepidation and the awe experienced in confronting natural physical forces.

A poetic performance by artist William Hunt who has been building up a portfolio of endurance-related performances that involve a degree of musical performativity played out under some situation of physical duress. This time flooding a black BMW car interior with cold water and placing it in it's own splash pool, Hunt climbs into the makeshift tank of water to sit submerged in the drivers seat, take deep gulps from an oxygen tank and sing out notes on exhaling. He keeps up this watery performance for over 20 minutes. The work has a sculptural gravitas, and not only emphasises physical daring, it suceeds in echoing some of the tennets of romanticism: invoking an emotional reaction as a source of aesthetic experience, through trepidation and the awe experienced in confronting natural physical forces.

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