The Boycean double-bind: Exquisite Tension as a pedagogy of free play

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At first glance, Exquisite Tension (2005) may look like one of Boyce’s most unassuming works. When viewing the 4-minute video work for the first time, one is confronted by an apparently casual rendition of a simple ritualised action, yet set in a scene with a combination of actions unfamiliar to us as an everyday experience. In it, the hands of the artist plait the hair of performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and curator Adelaide Bannerman, friends to Boyce but perhaps strangers to each other, where the latter is invited to be a stand-in for the artist during the recording of the work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication30 Works from the Saastamoinen Foundation
EditorsPäivi Karttunen, Saara Lappalainen, Emma Lilja, Jani Ruscica, Anna Tuori
PublisherSaastamoinen Foundation
ISBN (Print)978-952-69029-1-3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023
MoE publication typeD2 Article in a professional research book (incl. an introduction by the editor)


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