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date: 04 July 2020

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The argument in this chapter diagrams a subtle relationship between screen and dance in showing how video artist Pipilotti Rist and choreographer Jonah Bokaer create works where the screen invades the event itself, or, perhaps, is inextricable from it. In Rist’s installation Ever Is Over All there are videos that seem acutely aware of their status as such while a woman appears in the supersaturated colors particular to the medium and subverts while capitalizing on expectations associated with the home movie. Choreographer Jonah Bokaer and his solo dance False Start make the viewer acutely aware of the computer program that generated the movement, the painting by Jasper Johns that inspired it, and, on various stages, a host of screens the dancer interacts with. Bokaer’s choreography seems to suggest that the screens shape not only the movement, but also the image, and imaginary status, of the human subject and the self.

Keywords: video art, choreography, screen and dance, Jasper Johns, Jonah Bokaer, Pipilotti Rist

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