Bruce Nauman’s legendary video installation Mapping the Studio II with color shift, flip, flop & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage) (2001) consisted of seven videos projected onto gallery walls. The footage was obtained from the artist filming his studio over a period of several months. The resulting film highlights remnants of past works, works in progress and general studio detritus, the stillness of which is irregularly interrupted by mice, insects and the artist’s cat. This activity – combined with the eerie noises of trains, horses and coyotes, wind and rain – creates a heightened awareness of space, sound and time.
Acting as a visual diary of the artwork, the accompanying publication (stapled, unpaginated and with illustrated wraps) includes a detailed second-by-second textual account of the film, with CCTV images that can be viewed quickly in motion – like a flip-book.