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Dennis and Erik Oppenheim, 1971

A Feed-back Situation

“I originate movement which Erik translates and returns to me. What I get in return is my movement fed through his sensory system.”

2-State Transfer Drawing Dennis to Erik Oppenheim

“As I run a marker along Erik’s back he attempts to duplicate the movement on the wall. My activity stimulates a kinetic response from his sensory system. I am, therefore, drawing through him…Because Erik is my offspring and we share similar biological ingredients, his back (as surface) can be seen as an immature version of my own. In a sense, I make contact with a past state.”

2-State Transfer Drawing Erik to Dennis Oppenheim

“As Erik runs a marker along my back I attempt to duplicate the movement on the wall. His activity stimulates a kinetic response from my sensory system. He is, therefore, drawing through me…Because Erik is my offspring and we share similar biological ingredients, my back (as surface) can be seen as an mature version of his own. In a sense, he contacts a future state.”

From Dennis Oppenheim: Retrospective de l’oeuvre/works 1967-1977, Musee D’Art Contemporain, Montreal, 1978 (via)

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