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Video clip of Double Lunar Dogs

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Double Lunar Dogs

1 videoreel of 1 (PAL) (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Copyright Date:

Copyright Holder:
Joan Jonas

Jonas, Joan

Created for The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund.

Includes a 1" PAL master, a Betacam SP preservation master, and VHS screening copy created from the 1" and converted to NTSC. A 3/4" screening copy exists. The work also appears on a 3/4" screening copy with Tony Oursler's "Evol."

"Double Lunar Dogs," 1984, is an impressionistic, dramatic work by video artist Joan Jonas. It juxtaposes several scenes to create the picture of the life of the inhabitants of a traveling spaceship, whose destination has long since been forgotten, and who remember life on earth as it has been passed down to them from their ancestors on board the ship. The inhabitants of the ship appear to be two women and three men. Poetic narration by some of the characters gives points of reference for the montages and scenes of images. Of the two narrators, the male defends the way of life aboard the ship, appearing more and more as some sort of commander or dictator. The female narrator is more questioning. Various art forms are incorporated into the work. At one point one of the men performs a movement sequence with a rod. The two women paint each other's portraits on transparent glass panels. The work addresses the question of what these travelers remember of Earth. Occasionally, images of Earth appear, as do scenes of the ocean and of NASA space footage.

A variety of music makes up the score, including works by Richard Teitelbaum, Barney Bailey, Simone Forti, The Residents, and Yello.

The characters sometimes wear "space" costumes, and sometimes what we would consider contemporary clothing.

Jonas, Joan
Oblowitz, Michael (Director of Photography)
Cajori, Marion (Assistant Director)
Longendyke, Paula (Assistant Director)

Contemporary Art Television Fund, The
Television Lab, WNET

Aubrey, David (Offline Editor)
Brown, Marlon (Videotape Editor)
Fulton, Peggy (Assistant Videotape Editor)

Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
Rockefeller Foundation

Gray, Spalding
Jonas, Joan
Krosen, Jill
Malloy, John
Warrilow, David

Interstellar travel

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