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Carolee Schneemann

(United States of America 12 Oct 1939 – )

Title
Meat joy
Year
1964
Media categories
Time-based media, DVD, Video
Materials used
16mm film transferred to digital Betacam, colour and black and white, sound, 6 min
Dimensions
Credit
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2007
Accession number
311.2007
Location
Not on display
Further information

Filmed by Pierre Dominik Gaisseau, Editor: Bob Giorgio.

Writes Schneemann: 'Meat Joy' is an erotic rite - excessive, indulgent, a celebration of flesh as material: raw fish, chicken, sausages, wet paint, transparent plastic, ropes, brushes, paper scrap. Its propulsion is towards the ecstatic - shifting and turning among tenderness, wildness, precision, abandon; qualities that could at any moment be sensual, comic, joyous, repellent. Physical equivalences are enacted as a psychic imagistic stream, in which the layered elements mesh and gain intensity by the energy complement of the audience. The original performances became notorious and introduced a vision of the "sacred erotic". This video was converted from original film footage of three 1964 performances of 'Meat Joy' at its first staged performance at the Festival de la Libre Expression, Paris, Dennison Hall, London, and Judson Church, New York City. (Electronic Arts Intermix website, http://www.eai.org)

Exhibition history (1)

2008 Biennale of Sydney: revolutions-forms that turn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jun 2008–07 Sep 2008