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Joan Jonas «Vertical Roll» | Videostill
Joan Jonas, «Vertical Roll», 1972
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United States | 19' 53" | Archive / Collection: ZKM Videosammlung, Karlsruhe

 Joan Jonas
«Vertical Roll»

In this well-known early tape, Jonas manipulates the grammar of the camera to create the sense of grossly disturbed physical space. This space functions as a metaphor for the unstable identity of the costumed and masked female figure roaming the screen, negotiating the rolling barrier of the screen's bottom edge. «[Making] use of a jarring rhythmic technique to develop a sense of fragmentation, ‹Vertical Roll› uses a common television set malfunction of the same name to establish a constantly shifting stage for the actions that relate both to the nature of the image and to the artist's projected psychological state.»


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