Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land
A multimedia meditation on the many meanings of the ocean across history
This volume closely follows the development of Joan Jonas’ (born 1936) multiformat project Moving off the Land. The artist’s most recent body of work, it encompasses three years of research into the significance of the ocean throughout history, and features sculptures, drawings, sound and new video productions. Jonas combines poetry and prose by writers such as Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville with texts by Rachel Carson and Sy Montgomery, and with moving images filmed in aquariums and in Jamaica, where algae bloom and over-fishing pose urgent threats to the ecosystem. The monograph includes the complete script for the performance along with annotations, images of Jonas’ live performance, and a complete chronology with documentation of the performance’s history.