Six Works by Joan Jonas

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following films:

  • I Want to Live in the Country (And Other Romances)

    1976. USA. Directed by Joan Jonas. Jonas is seen watching video images shot in a New York studio and in rural Nova Scotia. The studio space, which is filled with complex “still life” arrangements of archetypal objects, is intercut with footage of the pastoral Nova Scotia landscape. Throughout, Jonas constructs a layered formal structure of time and space, a theater of mediation that reveals frames within frames, monitors within monitors. 24 min.

  • Barking

    1973. USA. Directed by Joan Jonas. Marked by a sense of anticipation, Barking focuses on a car parked outside a house in rural Nova Scotia. As a dog barks in the distance, a woman enters the frame looking for the object of the dog’s barking, then leaves. This simple narrative evokes unknown presence and the limits of vision. 2 min.

  • Three Returns

    1973. USA. Directed by Joan Jonas. In this minimalist exercise, Jonas addresses perceptual phenomena and questions the camera’s recording of reality. She ritualistically charts sound, space, and time in the topology of landscape. A boy playing bagpipes emerges from behind the camera, circles a field, and then returns to the camera. Each successive “return” elicits the viewer’s awareness of changes in the sound of the bagpipes and the scale of the pasture. 13 min.

  • Glass Puzzle

    1973. USA. Directed by Joan Jonas. Performed by Jonas and Lois Lane, Glass Puzzle explores archetypal female gestures and poses, the body, and narcissism. Throughout the four-part performance, space is altered as a formal device—segmented by a swinging bar, superimposed in layers, transformed by subtle changes in light and shadow, or flattened by the video screen. 18 min.

  • Songdelay

    1973. USA. Directed by Joan Jonas. A choreographed theater of space, movement, and sound alongside the Hudson River. The cast, which includes Gordon Matta-Clark, performs with emblematic props as Jonas highlights relationships of distance and perception. Songdelay takes its title from the time lag between the film’s visual and auditory elements. 19 min.

  • Wind

    1968. USA. Directed by Joan Jonas. Wind focuses on a group of performers moving through a stark, windswept Long Island landscape. The 16mm-film format evokes early cinema, while the film’s content is inspired by the spare minimalism of the late 1960s. Here, Jonas is concerned with stripping down the medium and foregrounding the figure. Her performers struggle with their fluttering coats, battling soundless, invisible gusts of wind. Silent. 6 min.

In the Film exhibition Joan Jonas: Six Works

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