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Artists’ Film Club: Joan Jonas
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A white haired person in a white coat drags a dog on a sled by a rope
Joan Jonas, The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, 2005, performance at Dia Beacon New York

This special screening, in collaboration with the Warburg Institute, is a rare opportunity to see Joan Jonas’s acclaimed performance, The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things produced at Dia Beacon (New York) in 2005. The event will not only celebrate a landmark work by the great American artist but mark the centenary of the German art historian Aby Warburg’s famous Lecture on the Serpent Ritual, the primary source for Jonas’s piece.

The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things is a multimedia journey through memory, myth and cultural history, influenced by both Warburg’s and Jonas’s experiences of Native American rituals. It combines spoken word, choreography, video projections and the musical compositions of Jason Moran to create a layered and immersive narrative.

The screening will be introduced by Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute, and followed by an informal salon.

More about Joan Jonas’s 2005 performance The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things.

More on Aby Warburg and his ‘Lecture on the Serpent Ritual’ in the book Images from the Region of the Pueblo Indians of North America.
04:00 pm
Sat, 09 Dec 2023
Cinema 1

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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