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Lives in New York (US), born in New York (US).
Vito Acconci (°1940) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is a poet and started at the beginning of the 1960s making art works using a self-analytic approach. His own body is the subject in works of varying nature: photography, film and performance. In the mid-sixties he creates audiovisual installations that change exhibition spaces into communal meeting places. Here Acconci is not examining himself, but rather the relationships between people and the borders between public and private spaces. The fact that visitors to museums generally aren't allowed to touch anything - while that is precisely the place where one is temptingly invited (by the works) to do so - leads him to make machines (that comprise sorts of shelters) that may be activated by the visitor. His works from the sixties and seventies are often aggressive and confrontational and Acconci is conscious of the fact that the gallery- or museum visitor might at least be somewhat prepared for this. He realizes, too, that he can't approach people in public (on the street, on a railway platform or in a shopping center) in the same way. For this reason, he starts looking for ‘softer’ ways to bring his thought processes in motion. Towards the end of the 1980s he develops prototypes for furniture, houses and gardens. As with all his work, these models are propositions of ideas, which through Acconci’s concern for interpersonal relationships and people’s movement and conduct in private or public spaces, acquire a political dimension. Acconci now works together with a group of architects in Acconci Studio that focuses on architecture and landscape design/spatial planning. Acconci Studio organizes and executes public projects, including the interior garden for Philadelphia Airport, a piazza for the University of Illinois in Chicago, and seating and lighting for the transit hall at San Francisco Airport.
>Vito Acconci, Tonight We Escape from New York, 1977.Collage, b/w photo, crayon, paper, 151 x 118 cm.
>Vito Acconci, Window to the World: Remember Belgian Congo, 1978.Installation, sound file on hard disk drive.
> Exhibition: Collectie X: Aan de hand van Gagarin. 27 November 2004 - 24 April 2005.
> Exhibition: Dear ICC – Aspects of contemporary art in Belgium 1970-1985. 18 December 2004 - 27 February 2005.
> Exhibition: De Verzameling II en een keuze van schenkingen en bruiklenen. 30 June 1990 - 04 November 1990.
> Exhibition: EXTRA MUROS: DE INTERNATIONALE - Museum of Affects. 26 November 2011 - 29 January 2012.
> Exhibition: The collection I – Fall 2002. 31 August 2002 - 10 November 2002.
> Exhibition: The collection IV – Summer 2003. 31 May 2003 - 17 August 2003.
> Exhibition: The collection XIII – LUZ (intervention and composition by Carla Arocha) – Winter 2005-06. 25 November 2005 - 12 November 2006.
> Exhibition: The collection XX: Jubilee. Who's got the Big Picture?. 29 June 2007 - 18 November 2007.
> Exhibition: The collection XXXIII – The Collection as a Character. 07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
> Exhibition: The collection XXXII – Personality Test + The Book Lovers. 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
> Ensemble: Explode, Escape, Expose.
> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.
> Ensemble: Stichting Gordon Matta-Clark.