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Joan Jonas - Performative City

October 5, 2009. Performance and video pioneer Joan Jonas screens and discusses her outdoor performance pieces Jones Beach Piece, Nova Scotia Beach Piece, and Delay, Delay that she developed into a video piece titled Song Delay (1973). First performed in lower Manhattan in 1972, the footage was shot from the roof of a loft building. From there, the audience overlooked the performance taking place in empty lots below with a view to the distant docks of the Lower West Side. Performing with a cast that included Gordon Matta-Clark, Jonas choreographed a theater of space, movement and sound with the urban landscape of New York in a featured role. She performed this piece a second time in Rome, where the audience watched the performance from the other side of the Tiber riverbank. Joan Jonas is a professor in the MIT Visual Arts Program, teaching performance and related media.

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