Water Light/Water Needle (Lake Mah Wah, NJ)

1966, 11:13 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on HD video

Schneemann's classic 1966 aerial "Kinetic Theatre" work was first staged at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, with eight performers moving to a score of randomized encounter on layers of rigged ropes and pulleys. One of two video documents of this early and influential performance, this version is enacted outdoors in trees and across the surface of a lake, in sequences directed by Schneemann.

Original Footage: John Jones, Sheldon Rocklin.

This film was preserved through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation.


This is an HD video composite of a work initially shot on film. This must be shown with a 16:9, HD display.
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