This performance has already taken place
Joan Jonas, one of the most significant artists in the history of video and performance art, opens the BMW Tate Live Performance Room 2013 series with a new work created especially for an online audience.
The global online audience are encouraged 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 following, using their Twitter, Facebook or Google+ accounts. The latest updates will be available by following @Tate_Live, using #BMWTateLive; Tate Facebook; or Tate Google+.
Since the 1960s, Jonas has transcended genres to develop influential work rooted in space, movement, ritual and gesture. Jonas pioneered the use of film and video in performance, and later began to incorporate fairytales and folklore, turning away from the camera toward a more painterly, narrative and text-based practice. She has always combined traditional and new media in her work. Jonass Performance Room will coincide with her work The Juniper Tree, Jonass first UK performance at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1979, and now part of Tates collection, being on display as part of Tate Moderns A Bigger Splash exhibition.
Jonass new work for the BMW Tate Live Performance Room is unveiled as it happens, live and online. Jonas, using her own teaching notes as source material, has devised and recorded a set of instructions in the form of a poem. These simple instructions - draw for an audience, fold paper, make a mask and others – are performed spontaneously by the artist in the Performance Room. She has access to simple props – shapes, sticks, paper, woodblocks, bells, drawing materials – and performs against a backdrop of abstract video and music.
Audiences are invited to enter the online BMW Tate Live Performance Room via www.youtube.com/user/tate/tatelive at 20.00 hrs in the UK and exactly the same moment across time zones on the specified dates – 15.00 hrs on the East Coast of America, 21.00 hrs in mainland Europe and 23.00 hrs in Russia.
This innovative format offers international audiences an opportunity to experience entirely new live works at Tate without leaving their computer screens and to join a discussion about the work online. Each performance is archived and available to view online after the live event. Previous artists in the series are Jérôme Bel, Pablo Bronstein, Emily Roysdon and Harrell Fletcher.