Rehearsing Dan Graham
2008, colour photograph, 70.5 x 80.5 cm / 28 x 32 in. Edition of 7


For Performance/Audience/Remake, Hannah re-stages Dan Graham’s seminal Performance/Audience/Mirror (1975), in which Graham described his own actions and those of his audience as he stood between the attentive crowd and a mirrored wall. Graham’s performance was documented in a video, which Hannah mimics in his work. Rather than re-enact the entire performance, Hannah staged the scene for the camera, creating a series of “faux photographs,” videos in which surrogates for Graham and the audience stay motionless.

Mirroring is a paramount motif in Hannah’s photographs and videos, developed from an interest in distinguishing image from object, and representation from reality. He conflates the replica with its subject, asking us to consider what the difference holds at stake.

- Chen Tamir



Excerpt from Performer/Audience/Remake
2008, SD video, 22 min. Edition of 3


Excerpt from Performer/Audience/Remake
2008, SD video, 22 min. Edition of 3


Production Images


Dan Graham

1975, 22 min 52s.

In Performer/Audience/Mirror, Graham uses video to document an investigation into perception and real time informational "feedback." The performance is doubly reflected back to the audience by the artist's lecturing, and the architectural device of a mirrored wall. Graham has written extensively on how video, which can deliver information in real time, functions semiotically as a mirror. Using the mirror at the back of the stage as a monitor, Graham voices his unrehearsed observations, activating the various feedback cycles taking place within himself as performer, between the performer and audience, and among audience members. Issues of duration and attention are critical for both performer and audience.

"Through the use of the mirror, the audience is able to instantaneously perceive itself as a public mass (as a unity), offsetting its definition by the performer's discourse). The audience sees itself reflected by the mirror instantly, while the performer's comments are slightly delayed. First, a person in the audience sees himself "objectively" ("subjectively") perceived by himself, next he hears himself described "objectively" ("subjectively") in terms of the performer's perception." - Dan Graham (Zippay, 1991)


Frame grabs from original Dan Graham work


This project has been presented in the following exhibitions:

2008, Adad Hannah: Reflections, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montréal.
2008, Let me be your Mirror, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina. Curated by Timothy Long.