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Title

Meat joy

1964


Artist

Carolee Schneemann

United States of America

12 Oct 1939 -


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)


Details


Date

1964


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


Dimensions

duration: 00:06:00 min, aspect ratio: 4:3


Credit

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

311.2007


Artist information

Carolee Schneemann

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history