Time Based Art Works — Library

Joseph Beuys is a political artist He was a German fighter pilot in WWII and his plane was shot down in the middle of a snow storm in Crimea. A group of Tartar natives nursed him back to health with traditional folk remedies, that included wrapping him in animal fat for warmth. Beuys viewed this event as a rebirth and related his wounds to that of society's state.
One of his projects that I found interesting was titled " I Like America and America Likes Me," 1974. For this piece, he wrapped himself in felt, representing a shepard, and locked himself in a cage converted gallery with a wild coyote for a week. Beuys would poke and prod the animal and a time-based recording of a turbine engine would roar through the room. Once the animal's growling grew fierce, Beuys would symbolize defeat by laying on the floor. The coyote never attacked Beuys and the animal was said to achieve "moral consciousness."


Art on the Edge and Over
, Linda Weintraub. p. 178 – 183. Art Insights, Inc. 1996.

Another work that was based on time was that of Jan Dibbets, titled "Shortest Day at Konrad Fisher's Gallery," 1972. For this piece Dibbets photographed the same same detail of the Galerie Ficsher with the same perspective under different light conditions. He then mounted the individual photographs in chronological order on a large card. Displaying the photographs in this manner blurs the line of individuality and the viewer is forced to view them as a whole and change over time becomes prevelant.


Conceptual Art. Daniel Marzona. p. 54 -55. Taschen. 2005.