Brooklyn Bridge

1988, 6:12 min, color, sound

Still photographs, live video, and superimposed drawings created on a Quantel Paintbox are fused in this visual poem dedicated to a New York City landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge. Emphasizing its strength and beauty, Jonas locates the bridge as an iconic site in this meditative, cryptic study of identity and place. In Brooklyn Bridge, the transformative power of video is used to infuse the static photographs and naturalistic footage of the bridge with a mythic, animistic force, which is heightened by the artist's emblematic inscription of self onto the site.

Editors: Jill Kroesen, Peter Eggers. Slides/Drawings: Joan Jonas. Produced by Joan Jonas and Festival des Arts Electroniques, Rennes.