Joan Jonas: Reanimation


(2013 / 72 minutes / HD / English)

distributor: Michael Blackwood Productions Inc.




Joan Jonas is a pioneer of video and performance art. As a beginning, she studied sculpture, but in the mid-1960s she started exploring new media and became one of the most influential artists.

The filmmaker followed her work on the installation and performance Reanimation which she created for dOCUMENTA(13) in 2012. Inspired by the novel Under the Glacier by the Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness, she created a video installation piece, mixing footage of a trip to Norway, music, text, drawings, props, and reanimated videos from her past work. For the performance, she collaborated with jazz pianist Jason Moran who had worked with her on multiple projects over the past years. The performance includes music, video, and live-action.

The artist also offers insights into her inspirations and her early work including Wind, Organic Honey, Volcano Saga and The Shape, The Scent, The Feel of Things.



[Official Selection Film Festival]
2013   TEMPS D'IMAGES PRÉMIOS DE CINEMA para FILMES SOBRE ARTE (Lisbon, Portugal)