Duration Piece #11, Bradford, Massachusetts, 1969
Douglas Huebler (American, 1924–1997)
Gelatin silver prints
the artist shot a single photograph in the direction of a birdcall, then walked toward the source of the sound until he heard another, at which point he turned and made a picture facing the new birdcall, until twelve photographs had been created. With disarming simplicity, Huebler slyly redrew the parameters of the work of art, effacing both the subjective experience of the artist and the reified status of the art object in favor of an elegantly conceived and simply communicated idea which exists fully only in the viewer’s mind—a participatory aesthetic that is quintessentially of the late 1960s.