Dan Graham
Opposing Mirrors and Video Monitors on Time Delay, 1974/1993

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Opposing Mirrors and Video Monitors on Time Delay
Artist name
Dan Graham
Date created
video installation
two mirrors, two cameras, two monitors, time delay
360 in. × 360 in. (914.4 cm × 914.4 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Dare and Themis Michos and Accessions Committee Fund purchase: gift of Collectors Forum, Doris and Donald Fisher, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr., Pamela and Richard Kramlich, Leanne B. Roberts, Madeleine H. Russell, and Helen and Charles Schwab
© Dan Graham
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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The artist describes this deceptively simple installation work

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At first glance, Dan Graham’s “Opposing Mirrors and Video Monitors on Time Delay” seems to be a very simple set-up. Two television monitors and two cameras are located in a room, each facing a mirror. The first complication occurs in the way the placement of the mirrors directly across from each other creates a view of infinite regression. But it also has to do with the physical space that it occupies. Here’s Dan Graham. 



It also has a lot to do with the space itself. Its a Golden Mean rectangle. Its a six-seconds time delay, and it takes six seconds to walk from one side to the other. So its very much about the space itself. 



We invite you to become part of the piece. You can experience yourself in real time; and then see a bit of your own past – from six seconds before – on the television monitor.  


I think you’ll find some people reacting to the image of themselves being seen by other people, and I have to say when I was fourteen I read Jean Paul Sartre’s “Being and Nothingness” and he said that the ego is formed by a small child seeing somebody else seeing them, as they see another person. So it’s all intersubjective space. 


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