Vito Acconci In Conversation At Acconci Studio, New York
Vito Acconci (born 1940) currently lives and works in New York. His early work took the form of fiction and poetry; his last poems reduced words to indices of the writer's and reader's travel across the page. In the late 1960's and the early 1970's, his artworks used performance, photos, film and video as instruments of self-analysis and person-to-person relationships. His audio and video installations of the mid-1970's turned exhibition-spaces into community meeting-places, and his architectural games of the early 1980's made performative spaces for viewers. In the mid 1980's, his work crossed over into architecture, landscape, and industrial design, and in 1988 he started Acconci Studio, a theoretically-oriented design workshop. The studio treats architecture as an occasion for activity, making spaces fluid, changeable, and portable.