- David Lamelas Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1946
- Dimensions:Variable dimensions
- Edition/serial number:1/3 + 1 A.P.
- Media description:16 mm film (colour, sound, 7'35") and eight photographs in an only set (235 x 26 cm)
- Category: Cinema, Installation
- Entry date:2006
- Register number:AD04465
To Pour Milk into a Glass is framed by the period in which David Lamelas lived and worked in London, where he became familiar with British conceptual art. This experience, along with his interest in semiotics as a scholarly discipline, led him to investigate the structure of language and the idea of time as duration, two elements that are visible in this work.
In this installation Lamelas proposes a dialogue between a series of eight still photographs, framed and following a sequence, and the projection of a 16mm film that develops these images in movement. A simple gesture, introduced in the very title of the work, is repeated with slight variations – the glass is half filled, the content overflows, the glass breaks, the milk spills on the table – and constitutes the film’s only action. Lamelas rejects any type of narration or human presence, and the filmic code – reduced and dissected – comprises the only argument. In the words of the artist: “I wanted to find a symbol for 'container' and its 'content,' to reflect how the camera frames and what is shown on the screen.” In the work there is also an underlying intention on the part of the Argentinean artist to encourage the spectator to reflect on the medium and the message, the mechanisms involved in the production of meaning, and also the transmission and reception of information.
Uchronies et autres fictions : [11 février-7 mai 2006 / rédaction, Guillaume Mansart, François Piron]Metz : FRAC Fonds régional d'art contemporain de Lorraine , 
Above the Fold : Ayse Erkmen, Ceal Floyer, David Lamelas] / [Herausgeberin, Nikola Dietrich ; Texte: Nikola Dietrich ... et al.]Basel : Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst ; Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz , 
Beyond geometry : an extension of visual-artistic language in our time = Más allá de la geometría : extensiones del lenguaje artístico visual en nuestros díasNew York : Art Gallery, Center for Inter-American Relations , 1968
Milano : Francoise Lambert , 1974
Reconsidering the object of art : 1965-1975 / Ann Goldstein and Anne Rorimer ; with essays by Lucy R. Lippard, Stephen Melville, Jeff WallGoldstein, AnnLos Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art ; Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press , 1995