Nancy Holt's "Going Around in Circles" featured in e-flux Film Staff Picks

We are happy to announce that e-flux Film has selected Nancy Holt’s Going Around in Circles (1973)  as the June 2024 edition of their monthly online series Staff Picks.

Going Around in Circles is an early video experiment by Nancy Holt. It explores focused perception, a central interest for Holt.  Holt worked on this video with curator and art critic Bruce Kurtz and his students, and the video was shot at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Like Zeroing In, made the same year, Going Around in Circles developed from Holt’s Locators—sculptures she started making in 1971. Comprising industrial piping welded into a T-shape, the Locators are made to be viewed through with one eye to direct attention to the time-bound processes of vision to the limitations and manipulations and vision.

A board perforated with five circular holes was placed in front of the camera. These apertures are variously covered and uncovered and through the circle five subjects are seen moving between five points, following instructions to turn in circles. This recording was then watched by Holt, Kurtz, and the students. Their discussion of the experience of the performance, sharing how it is perceived on the ground and through the playback monitor, forms the soundtrack. 

Going Around in Circles will be available to stream via e-flux Film Staff Picks from June 1–30. Watch the film here.

Nancy Holt, Going Around in Circles [still] (1973)
Black and white, sound
Duration: 15 minutes, 19 seconds
© Holt/Smithson Foundation / Licensed by Artists Rights Society, New York
Distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix, New York and Video Data Bank, Chicago

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Nancy Holt: Circles of Light at Gropius Bau, Berlin

Holt/Smithson Foundation and Gropius Bau are pleased to announce the most comprehensive presentation of Nancy Holt in Germany to date. Taking a journey through Holt’s output, starting with her first artwork made in 1966, Circles of Light expands over the Gropius Bau’s ground floor and atrium. Paying attention to Holt’s experimental approach to the interplay between the immaterial and the material, this exhibition underscores the singularity of Holt’s oeuvre.