Tate Modern Film

Joan Jonas: Puzzles

Joan Jonas and Richard Serra Paul Revere 1972, film still. Courtesy the artist

Joan Jonas and Richard Serra Paul Revere 1972, film still. Courtesy the artist

Engage with Jonas’s playful games with space, time and logic

The Joan Jonas: Mystic Knots screening series closes with a programme dedicated to the simultaneously clever and playful puzzles constructed in Joan Jonas's works.

Glass Puzzle reveals a skillful layering of time and space that prompts the viewer to try to imagine all the different techniques used in the process of its staging and recording. Paul Revere, one of Jonas’s two collaborations with artist Richard Serra, pushes the logic of a simple communication system to its breaking point. He Saw Her Burning unfolds in the space between two incongruous accounts of an event, leaving the viewer with the impossible task of trying to fit them together.

Joan Jonas joins us to discuss her work in film and video following this programme, at which point audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

What interests me is to set up these situations where you can’t really perceive the space; you have to piece it together

Joan Jonas


Introduction by Joan Jonas
Maya Deren, Witch’s Cradle Outtakes 1943, 16mm, black and white, silent, 10 min
Joan Jonas, Glass Puzzle, 1973, video, black and white, sound 18 min
Joan Jonas and Richard Serra, Paul Revere 1972, 16mm, black and white, sound 9 min
Joan Jonas, He Saw Her Burning 1983, video, colour, sound 20 min

The screening is followed by a discussion and Q&A with Joan Jonas

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

3 June 2018 at 18.00–20.00

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