Joan Jonas's I WANT TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY (AND OTHER ROMANCES) with readings by Itza Vilaboy, Cassie Pinner, and Paola Capó-García
July 28th, 2017, at BREAD & SALT.
1955 Julian Ave. San Diego, CA
Doors: 7 pm
Space Time is pleased to present a screening of Joan Jonas's meditative masterpiece along with readings by San Diego writers Itza Vilaboy, Cassie Pinner, and Paola Capó-García.
I Want to Live in the Country (And Other Romances)
1976, 24:06 min, color, sound
Loss, displacement, time and memory permeate this haunting nonlinear narrative, which unfolds like a dream in the process of telling itself. Jonas is seen watching video images — shot in a New York studio and in rural Nova Scotia — that metaphorically relate to the dreams, reveries and memories that she is heard reading from her journal. The studio space, which is filled with complex "still life" compositions of archetypal objects, is intercut with Super-8 film footage that nostalgically evokes the quotidian rhythm of the country — the pastoral Nova Scotia landscape, the ocean, a farmhouse. Throughout, Jonas constructs a layered formal structure of time and space, a theater of mediation that reveals frames within frames, monitors within monitors. The poetic journal text and images represent conscious memory; I Want to Live in the Country is a story of the unconscious.
With: Ellen McElduff. Editor: John J. Godfrey. Produced by the TV Lab at WNET/Thirteen.
Text reprinted with permission by Electronic Arts Intermix. From EAI Online Catalogue: http://www.eai.org/
Image: Joan Jonas. I Want to Live in the Country (And Other Romances), 1976. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
Paola Capó-García is a poet, reporter, and translator from San Juan, PR, based in San Diego, CA. Her poems have appeared in The Volta, Deluge, Salt Hill, h_ngm_n, and NightBlock; and her reporting in BOMB, Variety, Remezcla, and ELLE. She co-founded/edits littletell with Maria Flaccavento.
Cassie Pinner is a poet, reiki practitioner, and wanderer. Poems began coming to her when she acknowledged her intuition at a young age. She is inspired and motivated by her connections with healing, nature, and other dimensions. She has taught poetry to ESL learners and her work has been published in Spirited Magazine, Rattapallax, and Witchtopia: the Salem Issue.
SPACE TIME wanted a biography. Now that you mention it: (the one night on the rooftop of her four-story building), the night before he left Berkeley (she was wearing the fuzzy pink angora sweater that kinda aggravated her eczema but also the one he really liked because he was always reaching for the cuff, the elbow), as they each rested their bellies on the gravel surface, she let go of the half-full cup of cocoa and it landed in the stage-lit depths of the aqua swimming pool below. It made a modest but delicious "plop" sound that's been ringing in her ears ever since. Itza Vilaboy is a writer from San Diego and she is training to be a Librarian.