A pioneer of film and video installation, Bill Lundberg began projecting simulated images into actual spaces in the 1970s. Swimmer (1975) is projected from above in a darkened room, suggesting a pool cut into the gallery floor. The film presents a man crossing back and forth across the water and pausing occasionally to regard the viewer, with a soundtrack of splashes. By disrupting the typical experience of a gallery space, Lundberg’s installation plays with cognitive expectations and raises questions about the psychology of looking.

Lundberg is an emeritus professor and founder of the Transmedia program in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

This installation complements Off the Walls: Gifts from Professor John A. Robertson, on view in the Blanton’s Paper Vault from July 11 to October 25, 2020

Organized by Genevra Higginson, Curatorial Assistant, Prints and Drawings, Blanton Museum of Art; and Claire Howard, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art.

Bill Lundberg, Swimmer (still), 1975, film installation with sound, ed. 1/3, 25 minutes, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of John A. Robertson in memory of Carlota S. Smith, 2008.11