Jonas Mekas : 365 day projectOther(s) author(s) : Burchill, Elle, [editore] ; Northover, Benn, [editore] ; Demby, Nicole, [kolaboratzaile]Language : EnglishOther(s) title(s) : Three hundred and sixty-five day project.Paris : Galerie du jour agnès b., 2009orriak zenbatu gabe : koloretako argazkiak ; 18 cm(Ikus) Testua: bitartekorik gabeISBN : 978-2-91248-368-3 ; 978-2-84056-319-8.365 day project | Jonas Mekas (Wikipedia es) | (Wikipedia en) | Laburpena (de, en) | Instalazioaren irudiak | Project | Day 9
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Microscope is extremely pleased to announce the screening premiere of the complete “365 Day Project” by Jonas Mekas, a nearly 38-hour video project composed of 365 individual videos posted daily on his website in 2007. The work will be screened across twelve programs, one each month of 2015, with part one “January” launching the series on Friday January 30th.
For “365″, as the project is more commonly known, Mekas challenged himself to make and upload a video on his website every day for an entire year. Despite the occasional technical or emotional close call, Mekas persevered capturing snowstorms, friendly birds and squirrels, historical news reports, gathering with friends and lots of music both at home in Brooklyn and during his travels abroad, at times repurposing or incorporating previously unseen footage from his earlier 16mm films or analog videos.
Originally each of the videos, ranging from under 30 seconds to 30 minutes, were immediately made available for download and playable on smartphones at a time which was well before watching content in this manner was ordinary – Facebook had just been made publicly accessible and the first iPhone was released that same year. Highlights from Part One (Days 1 – 31) include original artworks and writings by Apollinaire, a visit to Louise Bourgeois on her 95th birthday, a tour of the Castle of the Marquis de Sade with Taylor Mead and Jerome Hill, a spontaneous music performance in the lobby of Anthology Film Archives with the artist Douglas Gordon, a day of the Epiphany parade in Brooklyn, a conversation with Susan Sontag and Bela Tarr, and Mekas listening to his radio at home among others.
“Every day of the year 2007 I placed on my website one new video usually about three to ten minutes in length. By the time the project ended, I had made 38 hours of completed video works, the equivalent of twenty feature films… It was the most challenging undertaking I had ever done. The videos deal with my life in Brooklyn and my many travels of that year. It’s personal and anthropological (impersonal) at the same time. During my travels I relied a lot on technical and other help from The Gang (Benn Northover, Sebastian Mekas — I travel most of the time with the Gang) and Elle Burchill was always ready at my Brooklyn station. You’ll see a lot of me and my friends, various daily activities, gettings together, a lot of music, and a lot of events around New York and Europe that year. The main challenge was to record it and share it immediately with my many friends all over the world. Today I still do the same, but not daily, with less pressure, on my website www.jonasmekas.com”.
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