I Say I Am: Program 1

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Collection: Curated Compilations

Tags: Feminism, Performance

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I Say I Am: Program 1

Desire and the Home: Program 1

Challenging the dominant ways of making and critiquing art, feminist art practice in the 1970s stressed personal connections to materials and immediacy of context over formal abstraction.

For many women, the home was a natural subject of artistic production as a highly charged site of rampantly contradictory meanings. As Lucy Lippard noted, "[women artists] work from such [household] imagery because it’s there, because it’s what they know best, because they can’t escape it." In Desire and the Home: Program 1, the artists explore domestic issues such as motherhood, sexuality, death, familial relationships, control of physical space and the preparation and consumption of food.

 

Please note that on this compiliation "Chicken on Foot" is a 1:00 excerpt.

 

Included Titles

Learn Where the Meat Comes From
A classic feminist video, Learn Where the Meat Comes From depicts how “gourmet carnivore tastes take on a cannibalistic edge. This parody of a Julia Child cooking lesson collapses the roles of consumer and consumed: Lacy instructs us in the proper...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: feminism, performance, video history

Hey, Chicky!!!
In this cooking demonstration/performance, Sobell wears a chicken carcass over her face while dressing (literally, in baby clothes) a chicken to be cooked for dinner. Cooing and breast feeding the chicken as she would an infant, Sobell brings two...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: body, feminism, gender, performance, video history

Chicken on Foot
In Chicken on Foot, Sobell bounces a chicken carcass as one would a child, periodically crushing eggs (fetal chickens) on her knee. A statement of the displacement of sexual desire on food and women’s bodies, and an expression of female ambivalence...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: body, feminism, performance, video history

Semiotics of the Kitchen
From A to Z in this mock cooking-show demonstration Rosler 'shows and tells' the ingredients of the housewife's day. She offers an inventory of tools that names and mimics the ordinary with movements more samurai than suburban. Rosler's slashing...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: feminism, gender, language, performance, video history

Feathers: An Introduction
Feathers: An Introduction is a self-portrait centered on the story of Latham's grandmother’s comforter which, old and worn, scatters feathers everywhere. Displaying an arresting stage presence, Latham addresses the viewer as a potential friend or...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: autobiography, family, feminism, image processing, performance, video history

Janice Tanaka, Beaver Valley
In this angry answer to the expectations advertising culture places on women and their bodies, Tanaka deftly edits commercial images and sound-bite slogans to underscore the message such images carry: that women exist to please men, as wives,...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: feminism, gender, television, video history