Friday Films > Joan Jonas

Joan Jonas
Double Lunar Dogs, 1984
video, color, sound; 25:00 min.
Museum purchase, v1987.6

Friday, Jan 29, 2021 - 12:00 AM-Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 - 11:45 PM

Join us every last Friday of the month for live screenings of film and video works from the Museum’s permanent collection. This month, we will present Joan Jonas’s Double Lunar Dogs.

Jonas’s video references the science-fiction story “Universe” by Robert Heinlein (1907–1988). It follows a group of passengers who have been on board a spaceship for so long that they have forgotten their mission and no longer remember the world they came from. The inhabitants of the ship were born on and will spend their lives aboard the ship, never knowing the answers to their questions, never remembering what they have collectively forgotten.

In this work, the passage of time is utilized as an artistic strategy and narrative theme. Without any definitive memory of where they have been or where they are going, the characters have only allegorical stories left. In this world, Jonas’s signature props—such as cones, masks, and images of dogs—have lost their meaning, as have other objects, such as books, hammers, and fruit. In Double Lunar Dogs, screens appear to fracture and move, breaking the picture plane into many pieces, dizzily transitioning from one image to the next. Jonas explores the screen image spatially, disrupting the position of the viewer and our relation to the surface of the video.

This screening will present the film for free on Friday, January 29, at 5:00 PM PST. Find the livestream on our YouTube channel.