Helen Mirra Videoworks: Volume 1


Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Chicago Art, Family, Gender, Performance, Videoworks

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Helen Mirra Videoworks: Volume 1

In the four videos on this compilation, Helen Mirra utilizes performance, repetition, and the recitation of song to evoke the natural world, the sea, and landscape. Social conventions are questioned, along with our closest relationships and the development of the self.


Included Titles

The Ballad of Myra Furrow
The image comes up suddenly and then continues unwavering: a young person (Mirra) dressed in a black watchcap and pea coat stands at the edge of a large body of water and sings a sea shanty, occasionally flinching to emphasize certain lyrics or fend...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: gender, performance

Helen Mirra
1995 | 05:00
I, Bear
"'I am nice. I... am nice. I am... nice," repeats the narrator, in this personal and highly poetic exploration of the construction of self. Mirra favors repetition as the device for reconstructing the stage of development when a child learns its...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, performance

Helen Mirra
1995 | 14:30
Taking its title from a poem by Paul Celan (translated as “sleeping den”), this montage is the result of a script that reconfigures over two hundred lines of English subtitles, lifted from films ranging from Battleship Potemkin and Persona, to The...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: language, performance

Excerpts from Songs
Made from silent black and white tube camera footage of the artist taken by her father in the early 70s, this series of loops—through the examination of particular moments and gestures— is evocative for what it reveals and conceals about their...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: family, performance