Fwd: Talk by RoseLee Goldberg and screening of film by Yoko Ono & John Lennon | 26 January, 2012
Talk by RoseLee Goldberg on Yoko Ono's performance art
followed by a screening of the film
'Rape' Directed by Yoko Ono and John Lennon, 1969 77 minutes, colour
January 26, 2012 | 6 pm
Vadehra Art Gallery D-53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024
Ongoing exhibition: Yoko Ono | THE SEEDS Until 10 March, 2012
About the film
In 1969, Yoko Ono and John Lennon produced a 75-minute mini-feature called Rape. The premise of this film comes from an Ono film score published in 1968. "‹The cameraman will chase a girl on a street with a camera persistently until he corners her in an alley, and, if possible, until she is in a falling position.› The execution [...] is one of the most violent and sexually charged movies ever made - even if flesh never touches flesh. [...]"
The film stars Eva Majlata, a 21 year old Hungarian actress who cannot speak English. She cannot escape the prying attentions of the camera which follows her around the streets of London, through a park, allowing her no privacy and finally corners her in her apartment. Rape was shot when John and Yoko were both at Great Charlotte Street Hospital following Yoko's miscarriage, the cameraman was Nick Knowland. The film received its world premiere on Austrian Television on 31st March 1969. That year it was also shown at the Montreux Television Festival and the Mannheim Film Festival.
About the speaker
RoseLee Goldberg is a US-based art historian, author, critic and curator. Her study of performance art, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, first published in 1979 and now in its third edition (2001), is a key text for teaching performance in universities and has been translated into over seven languages, including Chinese, Croatian, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Her other publications include Performance Since 1960 (1998), Laurie Anderson (2000) and Shirin Neshat (2002).
In 2004, Goldberg founded PERFORMA, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization for the "research, development, and presentation of 21st Century visual art performance." Her forthcoming books include PERFORMA, the first in a series of publications to accompany the PERFORMA biennials and Performance Now: New Art, New Dance, New Media published by Thames and Hudson. She was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication.
RoseLee Goldberg is in Delhi to participate inKHOJLIVE12, An Evening of Live Performance organised by Khoj, supported by Outset India.
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