Joan Jonas, Reanimation, dOCUMENTA 13. Photo by Maria Ruhling.

Joan Jonas Reanimation

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn MAP

Joan Jonas’s epic, yet delicate multimedia installation and performance, Reanimation, was inspired by the novel Under the Glacier (1968) by Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness. Originally created for dOCUMENTA (13) with jazz pianist Jason Moran, this piece sees the artist and musician responding to each other’s work in a live improvisation, creating a particularly icy form of alchemy. Jonas creates the sense of a cold, otherworldly atmosphere, using imagery and materials that relate to frozen landscapes, including ice, fish, snow, bare trees, and isolated buildings. During the performance Jonas continually reconfigures this imagery, using drawing, cameras, projections, glass and crystal and other materials. Often manipulating rudimentary drawing tools such as tree branches and chalk, and reacting to the stimulus around her, she creates fluid, evolving forms of image making which bring together technological developments with the rawest, most basic art materials provided by nature. Accompanied by Moran’s improvisations on the piano, and spoken word, the performance becomes a layered, multisensory experience.

Reanimation is a Performa Premiere. Co-presented with Roulette.


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Event Title
Date & Time
  • Sun. Nov 17, 7:30 pm
A documentary following the creation and premiere of Joan Jonas's Reanimation.
  • Tue. Nov 12, 6:00 pm
Antin, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade present video and images as they discuss legacies of theatricality in performance art.
  • Wed. Nov 6, 8:00 pm
Dream sequences by Surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel accompany this virtuoso pianist as he improvises an original score.