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Meat joy



Carolee Schneemann

United States of America

12 Oct 1939 – 06 Mar 2019

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  • Details

    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    16mm film transferred to digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, black and white, sound
    duration: 00:06:00 min; aspect ratio: 4:3
    Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2007
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Carolee Schneemann/ARS. Copyright Agency
    Artist information
    Carolee Schneemann

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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

    Shown in 1 exhibition