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Joan Jonas, "Mirage" (1976)

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Published on Jul 27, 2007

"Into the Light", Lisbon, CCB (2004-2005), curated by Chrissie Illes (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York).

"For Mirage I made a film of drawing, again and again, images on a blackboard, and then erasing them. Reading the essays collected in Spiritual Disciplines, I got another idea to use drawings, also in Mirage, which I called 'Endless Drawings' after those described in the Melukean Book of the Dead, the tribal ritual book of New Guinea. There it says that in order to go from one world to the next you must finish a drawing in sand which an old lady, the devouring witch, begins at the boundary between life and death." (Joan Jonas: http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemI...)

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