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"Neons Corridors Rooms" by Bruce Nauman

Introduction

In the “Neons Corridors Rooms” exhibition, Bruce Nauman uses geometric shapes, fluorescent tubes, mirrors, video cameras, corridors and rooms in various combinations to play with perceptions and sensations. In the neon sculptures and sound works, he reflects on language, investigating its infinite potential in a study that involves visuals, sounds and meaning.

Focus areas

•  Italian
•  Art and image
•  Science

Educational aims and activities

The arts tutors will help the students discover the many ways in which Bruce Nauman investigates the potential of language and perception, using word plays and linguistic paradoxes to create ambiguities and short circuits of meaning, as well as visual and audio instruments that put the body at the centre of contact with the work. By doing so, he invites the visitor to rethink the many types of meaning that human communication can bring about when conventions are cast aside and the usual contexts are undermined.
The entire session will take place in the exhibition and will focus on Bruce Nauman’s use of words and perception, associated with neon, shapes, colours and sounds. The Pirelli HangarBicocca arts tutors will help the students explore the artist’s works and they will have a notebook specially created for the session, packed with suggestions for games and activities involving language and the world of perceptions so that they can have fun while learning.

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