Joan Jonas, one of the most significant artists in the history of video and performance art, opened the BMW Tate Live Performance Room 2013 series with a new work Draw Without Looking created especially for an online audience.

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  • Joan Jonas BMW Tate Live 28 Feburary

    BMW Tate Live: Performance Room, Joan Jonas, 28 February

  • Joan Jonas BMW Tate Live 28 Feburary

    BMW Tate Live: Performance Room, Joan Jonas, 28 February

We asked you, the global online audience, to chat with other viewers via social media channels during the performance and to put questions to the artist or curator for the live Q&A that followed the performance, using Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You gave your comments using #BMWTateLive, asked a question with #BMWTateLiveQ and followed @Tate_Live for the latest updates.

Joan Jonas BMW Tate Live 28 Feburary

BMW Tate Live: Performance Room, Joan Jonas, 28 February

Here’s a selection of just a few of your questions for Joan, and her replies to you.

Leanne Bell, London 
How do you feel, do you get nervous even performing without an audience?

Joan Jonas
Yes I do, because the timing is different you cannot begin a little bit later, you do it and that’s it, there’s all those factors, in this instance there’s split second timing, so if I did this more than once I wouldn’t be nervous but this is the first time.

MASSAlexandriaAlexandria, Egypt
#BMWtateliveQ Are you imagining us watching you?

Joan Jonas
I love to imagine you watching me, that to me is the exciting part, that people from all over can watch, that’s very interesting.

@Hell I-Am
#BMWtateliveQ how has the audience changed from the 60’s to the present?

Joan Jonas
Well someone just said they’re in Alexandria, that’s something that never would’ve never have happened in the sixties, although there were conversations of using video and various devices, it was a much smaller audience and really depended on which city you were in, it was very local.

Janine van veen
Is this the first time to do a live online performance? #BMWtateliveQ

Joan Jonas
Yes, I was very nervous all along, it put a lot of pressure on me to try, it was a good challenge and now I think I have to absorb it.

Sarah-Jane Marsden
What is the symbolism of the crystals?

Joan Jonas
They’re not a symbol, I don’t think about symbols…I used crystals because Reanimation was concerned with snow and ice, and of course ice is made of crystals and I saw them in a lighting store and decided to use them.

Carole Carole Carole
#BMWtateliveQ do you get lost in your work, what is your state of mind while you move?

Joan Jonas
There’s two things, for instance tonight is the first time so I was really having to concentrate on my movements and picking up and putting down in the right place. If I did this many times it would become more of a magical place for me to be, but as it’s the first time I can’t get lost otherwise I’d miss my cues.

Ben Byford , London
#bmwtateliveQ what is the hardest thing about being a performance artist within today’s art world?

Joan Jonas
At my age physical! Well sometimes it just seems so complicated, you have to do so many things, I would just like to paint or draw, but then once you do it it’s worth it, [going through the process] is like torture.

Kathy, Nottingham
Hi Joan and Catherine…! I LOVED IT! Joan - does doing this relate to the early performances you did on video? #BMWTateLive

Joan Jonas
In some way, I’m moving much faster, I’m jumping around in a very different way, everything has gotten faster, faster edits, in this situation tonight we had to have thirty seconds between the performance and me coming back…my early work was slow and a little bit more languid…you feel you have to keep the audience’s attention.

Felix Rios ‏@iamfelixrios Valenica, Spain
#BMWtateliveQ what would you like to experiment in upcoming performances with technology?

Joan Jonas
It was interesting to do this, I’ve always been interested in the possibility of doing something online, people have been doing that, broadcasting from their lofts or their homes…I’m not sure I would do that but this form interests me because I think it’s an interesting way to reach an audience and communicate.

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BMW Tate Live: Performance Room, Joan Jonas, 28 February

The Juniper Tree, Jonas’s first UK performance at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1979, and now part of Tate’s collection, is currently on display as part of Tate Modern’s A Bigger Splash exhibition until 1 April 2013.

You can rewatch Joan Jonas’s  performance that took place online on 28 February on the Tate You Tube Channel and get your comments and questions ready for the next BMW Tate Live: Performance Room by artist Liu Ding on 16th May 2013 20.00 BST.