Chris Burden's Installation at the New Museum

Artist Chris Burden's installations are now on the exterior of the New Museum as part of his show, "Extreme Measures." Here, the museum's director, Lisa Phillips, narrates a time-lapse video of the installation.

Released on 10/2/2013

Credits

Featuring narration by Lisa Phillips

Transcript

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(car honking and street sounds)
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[Lisa Phillips] Over the past four decades,
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Chris Burden has created a powerful body of work
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that consistently puts physical and psychological limits
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to the test.
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The two works on the exterior of the new museum
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is, like most of Burden's work, ambitious.
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The first piece consists of twin schematic skyscraper
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structures, 36 feet in height,
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erected on the roof of the building.
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They speak to the constantly evolving nature
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of the urban landscape while also evoking
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the lost twin towers.
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(construction sound)
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The other exterior sculpture is a hand made 30 foot
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sailboat built in the tradition
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of old Norse fishing vessels.
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Except that this time, it is outfitted
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with an automated computer navigation system.
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Eight years ago, the Ghost Ship was launched
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from Faire Isle off the coast of Scotland
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where it was built and sailed unmanned 400 miles
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all the way to Newcastle.
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The ship is now installed 30 feet above the street
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on the side of the new museum
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and hangs on the museum's facade like a lifeboat
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at the ready.
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Burden likes things on the edge of possibility
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that challenge what is normally considered
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financially or physically possible.
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He doesn't take on a project if the outcome
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is guaranteed.
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In fact, perhaps only a third of the projects he's proposed
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over the years had been realized.
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But when they are, it's always a feat.
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(construction sound)