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Vertical Roll

Vertical Roll


Joan Jonas

(American, b. 1936)

Video, b&w, sound, 19:38 min.

Louis D. Kacalieff, M.D. Fund 2020.267



In Vertical Roll, Joan Jonas, a pioneer in the video art medium, employs the rolling bar, a common gliche in analogue TV, to introduce the camera to her experimental performances. For the soundtrack, Jonas bangs a spoon as she moves her body in time with the vertical strobe, creating a mesmerizing, rhythmic work.

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