One of ten performances and installations taking place at Eagle Rock’s Welcome Inn, Bruce Nauman’s Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. (1969) was performed four times as part of the Pacific Standard Time Art and Performance Festival.

Location: Room 8
Performance times: 5:00pm (Ben Jacobson), 6:00pm (Andrew Tholl), 7:00pm (Andrew McIntosh), 8:00pm (Melinda Rice)

Sunday, January 29, 2012 4pm 10pm Performance
Welcome Inn 1840 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041


Bruce Nauman’s Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. exemplifies his practice of incorporating boredom, exhaustion, and the superimposition of unlike systems into art and, in this case, music. In an interview with Willoughby Sharp, Nauman stated: “I wanted to set up a problem where it wouldn’t matter whether I knew how to play the violin or not. What I did was to play as fast as I could on all four strings with the violin tuned D, E, A, D. I thought it would just be a lot of noise, but it turned out to be musically very interesting. It is a very tense piece.” The D.E.A.D.tuned violin will be played for approximately 2 hours over the course of the event.