Joan Jonas – BMW Tate Live: Performance Room

Joan Jonas’s performance of Draw Without Looking, captured live Thursday, 28 February, 2013 at Tate Modern. Jonas is one of the most significant artists in the history of video and performance art and Draw Without Looking is a new work created especially for the Performance Room.

Joan Jonas uses her own teaching notes as source material to create a set of instructions in the form of poem. These instructions ‘draw for an audience’, ‘fold paper’, ‘make a mask’ and others – are performed spontaneously by the artist in the Performance Room.

Performance Room is a series of performances commissioned and conceived exclusively for the online space. Performances are streamed live from the Performance Room at Tate Modern and then made available to watch online after the event. Find out more about the 2013 Performance Room Series:

Joan Jonas (b. 1936, New York) is a pioneering video and performance artist. Her work often draws upon space, movement, ritual and gesture, combining traditional and new media. Jonas’ work has been performed and exhibited throughout the world. She has had major retrospectives across the world including at the Queens Museum of Art in New York and the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands. Solo exhibitions and performances include the Kunstmuseum, the Walker Art Centre, The Kitchen, Yvon Lambert Gallery among others.


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