Physical Vision, 1989-91, multimedia performance

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Physical Vision, 1989-91, multimedia performance

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Lynn Book’s original multimedia performance project, Physical Vision, premiered at Randolph Street Gallery, in Chicago, December, 1989 and continued to be performed through 1990 at venues in Chicago and New York. For this solo project, Book was interrogating Woman’s subjectivity within and outside of patriarchal structures, in particular, via language and visual representation. Book’s provocative physicality in conjunction with disruptive writing and voice tactics challenged notions of the 19th C hysteric feminine that initiates the performance as a preset with the performer arranging flowers in a large vase as the audience enters the space. Sketching a disjointed trajectory Book transforms into a complexity of gender plays, ending with a typically masculinized rock and roller contemporary to the time of the performance in the late 1980s. The project marked the first time Book worked with a director - Jill Daly, and was a continuation of her collaboration with experimental filmmaker, Sharon Couzin that began with “Standing In”. Cousin shot and edited a short film, with Book (co-directing the film) and Daly performing that worked with selected text from Marguerite Duras’ “The Malady of Death”. Kent Devereaux composed sound for the project and Lou Mallozzi was the lighting designer. Book wrote and/or arranged found text (except for the Duras excerpt) and composed the vocal melodies. Items included in this collection include: video documentation from the Randolph Street Gallery and Organic Theater performances, as well as 2 studies; 60 color photo slides from the Organic Theater performance, performance text, a film for the performance, audio files played during the performance, press reviews, venue brochures, announcements.

Collaborators/Credits:
Lynn Book, artist, writer*, co-film director, co-sound designer, set and costume designer
Jill Daly, director, co-performer in film
Sharon Couzin, filmmaker, co-film director
Kent Devereaux, composer, co-sound designer
Lou Mallozzi, lighting designer

*The performance text was written primarily by Book, but also included excerpts from
Marguerite Duras’, “The Malady of Death”, a medieval description of odiferous atmospheres, edited by Piero Camporesi titled, “The Incorruptible Flesh: Bodily Mutation and Mortification in Religion and Folklore”, and a found text on the term corsage.

A primary theoretical reference was Trinh T. Minh Haha’s, “Woman, Native, Other”.
Additional references of note included critical French Feminists Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray.

Performances:
Physical Vision, study, 1989, Club Lower Links, Chicago, benefit for Whitewalls, a magazine of writings by artists published in Chicago (1978-2002)
Physical Vision, study, 1989, Memphis Center for Contemporary Art, Memphis
Physical Vision, study, 1989, WKNO TV broadcast with interview, Memphis
Physical Vision, premier, 1989, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago
Physical Vision, 1990, Organic Theater, Chicago
Physical Vision, 1990, Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago
Physical Vision, 1990, BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY

Collection Items

Physical Vision, 1989, Chicago, Randolph Street Gallery, project video documentation
Lynn Book’s original multimedia performance project, Physical Vision, premiered at Randolph Street Gallery, in Chicago, December, 1989 and continued to be performed through 1990 at venues in Chicago and New York. For this solo project, Book was…
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