Video by Richard Serra
Including the following tapes, which will be projected on an Advent screen in the UAM Theater:
Two cameramen, standing slightly apart, zoom in and out on Joan Jonas, who is lying on her back performing a series of four movements that range from slow to quick. Richard Serra, in the control booth, operates a special effects generator in switching or “punching” rapidly between the two camera images. The soundtrack is by Phil Glass, who taps the microphone out of sync with the movement.
• By Richard Serra. Soundtrack by Phil Glass. With Joan Jonas. (1971, 4-1/2 mins, Tape Courtesy of Castelli-Sonnabend)
The camera focuses on Richard Serra's lower arms as he tosses a piece of lead from one hand to the other and recites a text from Schilling's “The Strategy Of Conflict.” The rhythm of the throwing is in sync with the emphasis of the reading, accentuating the implications of the game theory. The use of lead is a reference to Serra's first film, Hands Catching Lead.
• By Richard Serra. Production by Carlota Schoolman. Photographed by Babette Mangolte. Sound by Kurt Munkacsi. With Richard Serra. (1973, 2 mins, Tape Courtesy of Castelli-Sonnabend)
Television Delivers People
Produced with Carlota Schoolman, it focuses on the political import of broadcasting as corporate monopoly and imperialism of the air. The content is presented ironically, for the message criticizes its medium while remaining within it - It provides an example in itself of the seduction of advertising. Muzak is playing while sentences that Serra has excerpted from television conferences roll down a blue background in white lettering.
• By Richard Serra. Produced with Carlota Schoolman. (1973, 6 mins, color, Tape Courtesy of Castelli-Sonnabend)
“A tape which analyses its own discourse and processes as it is being formulated. The language of Boomerang and the relation between the description and what is being described is not arbitrary. Language and image are being formed and revealed as they are organized.”
• By Richard Serra. (1974, 10 mins, color, Tape Courtesy of Castelli-Sonnabend)
A two-part tape of a video performance done on January 22, 1974, at 112 Green Street, New York (as part of the Video Performance Exhibition), structured on a problem in game theory, a “non-zero sum game,” in which both players can win or lose at the same time, one can win more than the other, and one can win at the other's expense. Serra and Bell have used game theory as a way of dealing with genres of commercial TV - cops and robbers in the first part, and a quiz program in the second.
• By Richard Serra. Co-Directed by Robert Bell. (1974, 60 mins, Tape Courtesy of Castelli-Sonnabend)
Men Match Their Courage
A kinescope of a tape made in a television studio where a delayed audio feedback system allows an immediate reciprocity between the processes of thinking and the verbalizations of thoughts. While the tape is similar to Boomerang in this respect, the interaction is complicated because there are two performers, Nancy Holt and Charlemagne Palestine, shot with two cameras and seen on a split screen.
• By Richard Serra. With Nancy Holt, Charlemagne Palestine. (1974, 34 mins, color, Tape Courtesy of Castelli-Sonnabend)
Note: The above descriptions are taken from the Castelli-Sonnabend Catalog, distributors of Richard Serra's films and videotapes.
Program repeated on Sunday, March 4.