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"Joan Jonas: Performance - Video - Installations"
2001-03-31 until 2001-05-06
Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, NGBK
Joan Jonas, born 1936 in New York, is a pioneer of performance and video art. Since end of the sixties she
has been analysing the interaction of the performing body with its transformation by media, reception and
She is designing complex spaces of reception to test the different status and the process character of
drawings, photography, slide projections, sound, music, dance and found objects. Joan Jonas is completing the
installations with performances and videos.
The exhibition Joan Jonas - Performance - Video - Installations, organized by NGBK in cooperation with the
Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart (Gallery of the City of Stuttgart), contains five main works representing various
periods of Jonas' uvre.
The 16 mm film Song Delay (1972) deals with unison of social bodies, while the installation Organic Honey
(1972/2000) introduces video as reflexive medium and theatre of self-awareness as part of the female
identity construction reflecting the she herself.
The video story Volcano Saga (1987) as well as the monitor installation My New Theatre (1998) refer to
rituals of everyday life linked with myths having survived in sagas and fairy tales. Joan Jonas, revealing the
manipulative potential of film techniques with live-projections, one channel - video tapes and asynchronous
picture and sound sequences is going this way against the claimed permanent innovation of new media. With
narrative elements she is reacting to the growing yearning for familiar patterns of narration.
Along with the exhibition a catalog was published (Hatje Cantz Verlag) in German and English, containing texts
by Ralf Christofori, Chrissie Iles, Andrea Jahn, Johann-Karl Schmidt, Joan Simon, Annette Tietenberg and Anja
Zimmermann. The price for the catalog at the exhibition is DM 60,- , for members of NGBK DM 45,- (at the
book stores DM 78,-).
Joan Jonas will give a performance
On April 4, 2001, 7 pm. at the Studio I of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
Dr. Andrea Jahn, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, will give a lecture on: Joan Jonas' new theater. Remarks about
new works of the New York artist of performance.
On Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 8 pm. at the Hochschule der Künste (Academy of Fine Arts), Hauptgebäude,
Hörsaal 110, Hardenbergstraße 22, 10623 Berlin
Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy,