YOKO ONO

The Yoko Ono Film Festival

Rome | October 23rd-27th, 2018

Yoko Ono.

Yoko Ono is an artist whose thought-provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she was a Conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, and writing.

Ono was born in Tokyo in 1933, and moved to New York in 1953, following her studies in philosophy in Japan. By the late 1950s, she had become part of New York Cityʼs vibrant avant-garde activities. In 1960, she opened her Chambers Street loft, where she and La Monte Young presented a series of radical performances and exhibited realizations of some of her early conceptual works. In 1961, she had a one-person show of her Instruction Paintings at George Maciunas’ legendary AG Gallery in New York, and later that year, she performed a solo concert at Carnegie Recital Hall of revolutionary works involving movement, sound, and voice. In 1962, she returned to Tokyo, where, at the Sogetsu Art Center, she extended her New York performance and exhibited her Instructions for Paintings. In 1964, Ono performed Cut Piece in Kyoto and Tokyo, and published Grapefruit, a book of her collected conceptual instruction pieces.

At the end of 1964, she returned to New York. In 1965, she performed Cut Piece during her concert at Carnegie Recital Hall, Bag Piece during a solo event for the Perpetual Fluxus Festival, and she performed Sky Piece to Jesus Christ during the Fluxorchestra concert at Carnegie Recital Hall that September. In 1966, she made the first version of Film No. 4 (Bottoms), and realized a collaborative installation The Stone, at the Judson Gallery. In the fall of 1966, she was invited to take part in the Destruction in Art Symposium in London, and later that year, held one-person exhibitions at the Indica Gallery, and at the Lisson Gallery the following year. During this period, she also performed a number of concerts throughout England.

In 1969, together with John Lennon, she realized Bed-In, and the worldwide campaign for peace War Is Over! (if you want it). Yoko Ono travels annually to Iceland for the lighting of her IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, which she created in 2007 as a permanent installation on Viðey Island, Iceland. She continues to work tirelessly for peace with her IMAGINE PEACE campaign. Today, Ono is widely recognized for her groundbreaking films and her radical music, recordings, concerts, as well as her performance art. Her films Fly, “RAPE”, Film No. 4 to name a few, are considered classics of 20th century film, and her music has finally been acknowledged as the genesis of much of the new wave of musical forms that have circled the world.

Ono has exhibited her work throughout the world, including major touring exhibitions, biennales and triennales. In 2009, she received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale. Her major exhibitions have included YES YOKO ONO (2000 – 2001), organized by the Japan Society in New York, traveling throughout the United States, Japan, Canada and Korea, and YOKO ONO: HALF-A.WIND SHOW – A RETROSPECTIVE (2013) at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, traveling to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Kunsthalle Krems in Austria, and Guggenheim Bilbao. YOKO ONO: ONE WOMAN SHOW, 1960-1971 opened at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in May 2015. Also in 2015, Ono had one-person exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT), FAURSCHOU FOUNDATION BEIJING, and opened a major retrospective, YOKO ONO: Lumière de L’aube at MAC Lyon in France. In 2016, Ono’s permanent installation, SKYLANDING, was unveiled in Chicago’s Jackson Park, which was followed by a one-person exhibition at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece later that year.

In 2017, Ono’s works were featured in YOKO ONO: Four Works for Washington and the World at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Prospect.4 in New Orleans, Tate Modern, C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea, as well as in her one-person exhibition, YOKO ONO: TRANSMISSION at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. A new version of Ono’s work, ONOCHORD, was presented earlier this year at Henningsvaer Lighthouse in Lofoten, Norway. Currently, Double Fantasy – John & Yoko is on view at the Museum of Liverpool. Forthcoming exhibitions in 2018 include those at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and the Museum der bildenden Künste (MdbK) in Leipzig.

Yoko Ono’s official website: imaginepeace.com

The Yoko Ono Film Festival.

In the context of VIDEOCITTÀ, STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI and 2RC Edizioni d’Arte are delighted to present: The Yoko Ono Film Festival, a retrospective of films and video art by Yoko Ono. Over 22 years after its first edition, made possible with support from the City of Rome and presented at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni as part of Projected Artists – Obiettivo: Roma, the film festival returns to the capital in an expanded format, entirely curated by the artist.

The Festival includes 14 works from the artist’s career, all produced between 1966 and 1982. This selection previously presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1991, curated by the American Federation of Arts. This main body is complemented with Painting to Shake Hands, ARISING and Bad Dancer, all of which were produced in a two-year period from 2012 to 2013. These three new pieces will take centre stage as part of a special event to be held at the Studio on 23rd October.

The Yoko Ono Film Festival is the seventh project on which the artist and the Studio have worked together, following: A Piece of Sky (1993); Lighting Piece (1995); the aforementioned participation in Projected Artists in 1996; the screenings in Piazza del Popolo for New Year’s Eve in 1998; and finally, I’ll Be Back and SMILE at MACRO Testaccio (2010).

Yoko Ono is one of the foremost exponents of Conceptual art; since the 1960s she has built her practice on multidisciplinarity, expressing herself through music, writing, painting, drawing and installation. The works presented are characterized by the variety of their formal approaches, and they reveal the numerous aspects of a multifaceted practice: a commitment to social issues, autobiographical material, political activism, musical performances, and feminism. Ono’s filmic output – itself a milestone in American avant-garde cinema – has always stood out by virtue of its radical conceptual stamp. The body plays a central role, both as an object within the point of view and as the bearer of a gaze – a tension created by the artist in order to make the viewer an active participant, one in dialogue with the images and in the construction of the work.

The Yoko Ono Film Festival is part of “Cinema 4.0“, a programme of events taking place in galleries, cultural institutes and contemporary art foundations promoted by VIDEOCITTÀ. VIDEOCITTÀ, created by Francesco Rutelli, ANICA’s President, will spread around Rome from 19th to 28th October, in conjunction with the Roma Film Festival and the International Audiovisual Market (MIA), promoting unity and dialogue between the creative and the productive worlds of moving images through the involvement of a large audience, offering a chance to these worlds to show their ability to create work, enhance the professionalism rooted in the Cinema and Audiovisual industries as well as give rise to new trades and entrepreneurial and creative ventures.

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The Yoko Ono Film Festival

October 23rd-27th, 2018
at STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI

Screening program.

Day 1 – Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

ARISING

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18:00 | 18:30 | 19:00 | 19:30 | 20:00 | 20:30 | 21:00 | 21:30

Film info

2013
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 14’53”

Models of female bodies are burnt off an island in the Venetian lagoon, with the soundtrack of Yoko Ono’s music. ARISING is an installation, presented for the first time in PERSONAL STRUCTURES, a collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale promoted by the Global Art Affairs Foundation at Palazzo Bembo, where the video was accompanied by an invitation to women of all ages and backgrounds, to send the artist an image of their eyes, as a universal testimony to the violence they have been victim of.

Painting To Shake Hands

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18:18 | 18:48 | 19:18 | 19:48 | 20:18 | 20:48| 21:18 | 21:48

Film info

2012
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, mute
Duration: 5’04”

Originally shot in 2012 for Into the Light, an exhibition dedicated to the artist at the Serpentine Gallery in London, but later created for the Sedition portal, the film originates from the instructions contained in Yoko Ono’s work Grapefruit, published for the first time in 1964.

Bad Dancer

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18:26 | 18:56 | 19:26 | 19:56 | 20:26 | 20:56 | 21:26 | 21:56

Film info

2013
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Ben Dickinson
Color, stereo
Duration: 3’04”

Music video for the first single extract from the album Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Take Me to the Land of Hell (2013), Bad Dancer portrays the artist along with numerous characters of the New York scene dancing in a silver space, and includes some references to works created by the artist such as Film No. 1 (Match), Ceiling Painting and Touch Me.

Day 2 – Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Film No. 4 (Bottoms)

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16:00

Film info

1966/1967
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Black & White, mono
Duration: 78’51″

An extended version of a previously realized project that stems from the desire to create a petition in which the signatures are replaced by the body of those who signed it. A long series of close-ups on the bottoms saturates the frame, canceling the background and dividing the screen into four sections. The movement and the anatomical peculiarities of the protagonists infuses variety to the formal structure. As a soundtrack, the impressions and comments of the participants, exponents of the London scene called to participate by word of mouth.

“RAPE”

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17:20

Film info

1968
By John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 59’48″

Actress Eva Majlath is incessantly chased by the cameraman Nic Knowland who, following the artist’s guidelines, films for one day the young woman, regardless of her privacy, constantly invading her personal spaces.

Two Virgins

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18:21

Film info

1968
By John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 18’47”

The figures of Yoko Ono and John Lennon overlap and merge into a single image on the notes of their eponymous album, mixed with environmental sounds.

Apotheosis

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18:40

Film info

1970
By John Lennon
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 17’49”

Long camera sequence starting with a close-up of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s faces and moving up to reveal, from the top of an meteo balloon, the desolate winter landscape on Laveham (Sussex), to end up past the clouds to reach a bright and sunny sky, in an almost heavenly atmosphere.

Day 3 – Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Film No. 5 (Smile)

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16:00

Film info

1968
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 49’21”

Yoko Ono portrays John Lennon’s smile in his Kenwood garden with a high-speed shutter camera, turning it into the emblematic effigy of the smile of all the inhabitants of the world. The flowing of these images at reduced speed is accompanied by environmental noise. Spectators are invited to accompany the performance with live music.

Bed Peace

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16:51

Film info

1970
By John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 70’55″

The film retraces Yoko Ono and John Lennon protesting against the Vietnam war during the week they chose to spend in bed at their hotel room in Montreal, in May 1969. The film documents political debates and interventions by friends, among which Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, journalists and photographers who came to document the event.

Fly

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18:03

Film info

1970
By Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 24’00”

The motionless body of a young woman is unveiled by a series of close-ups that follow the movement of a fly. The female body looks like a fragmented landscape, observed with subtle humor by the gaze of an animal and not as an object of masculine desire. The vocalisations of Yoko Ono accompanies the video, following the exploration of the insect.

Freedom

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18:28

Film info

1971
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 1’05″

Created for the Chicago Film Festival in 1971, the film portrays in slow motion the artist’s attempt to tear her bra with deliberately theatrical movements, ending without revealing the result of the action.

Erection
 

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18:30

Film info

1971
By John Lennon
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 17’17”

From an idea by John Lennon, the film consists of a stop motion sequence that document from a single point of view the construction of the London International Hotel, between 1970 and 1971. The soundtrack, taken from Yoko Ono’s Fly album, includes environmental noises produced by the construction site.

The Museum Of Modern Art Show

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18:49

Film info

1970
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 8’47″

The film documents the reactions of the public visiting an imaginary retrospective exhibition dedicated to Yoko Ono at the Museum of Modern Art, announced by the artist through newspapers. At the museum, the public found a cameraman waiting for them instead, briefed by the artist to document the feelings caused by the absence of the exhibition.

Sisters, O Sisters (Live at The Apollo Theatre)

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18:59

Film info

1971
By Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 3’55”

Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Jerry Rubin, Chris Osborne and Eddie Mottau perform the song Sisters, O Sisters, first appeared on Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s 1972 album Some Time in New York City, during Attica State prison riots benefit concert, at Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York, on 17 December 1971.

Woman
 

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19:04

Film info

1981
By John Lennon
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 3’36″

Created after the death of John Lennon, the video features the single extract from John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1980 Double Fantasy album as a soundtrack, alongside footage portraying the couple, and private images by Yoko Ono.

Goodbye Sadness

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19:09

Film info

1981
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 2’36”

Created after the death of John Lennon, the video features the single extract from Yoko Ono’s 1981 album Season of Glass as a soundtrack, alongside footage portraying the couple, and private images by Yoko Ono.

Walking On Thin Ice

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19:14

Film info

1982
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 5’58”

Created after the death of John Lennon, the video features the single extract from Yoko Ono’s 1981 album Season of Glass as a soundtrack, alongside amateur footage portraying the couple, and private images by Yoko Ono.

Day 4 – Friday, October 26th, 2018

Film No. 4 (Bottoms)

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16:00

Film info

1966/1967
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Black & White, mono
Duration: 78’51″

An extended version of a previously realized project that stems from the desire to create a petition in which the signatures are replaced by the body of those who signed it. A long series of close-ups on the bottoms saturates the frame, canceling the background and dividing the screen into four sections. The movement and the anatomical peculiarities of the protagonists infuses variety to the formal structure. As a soundtrack, the impressions and comments of the participants, exponents of the London scene called to participate by word of mouth.

“RAPE”

}

17:20

Film info

1968
By John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 59’48″

Actress Eva Majlath is incessantly chased by the cameraman Nic Knowland who, following the artist’s guidelines, films for one day the young woman, regardless of her privacy, constantly invading her personal spaces.

Two Virgins

}

18:21

Film info

1968
By John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 18’47”

The figures of Yoko Ono and John Lennon overlap and merge into a single image on the notes of their eponymous album, mixed with environmental sounds.

Apotheosis

}

18:40

Film info

1970
By John Lennon
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 17’49”

Long camera sequence starting with a close-up of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s faces and moving up to reveal, from the top of an meteo balloon, the desolate winter landscape on Laveham (Sussex), to end up past the clouds to reach a bright and sunny sky, in an almost heavenly atmosphere.

Day 5 – Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Film No. 5 (Smile)

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16:00

Film info

1968
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 49’21”

Yoko Ono portrays John Lennon’s smile in his Kenwood garden with a high-speed shutter camera, turning it into the emblematic effigy of the smile of all the inhabitants of the world. The flowing of these images at reduced speed is accompanied by environmental noise. Spectators are invited to accompany the performance with live music.

Bed Peace

}

16:51

Film info

1970
By John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 70’55″

The film retraces Yoko Ono and John Lennon protesting against the Vietnam war during the week they chose to spend in bed at their hotel room in Montreal, in May 1969. The film documents political debates and interventions by friends, among which Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, journalists and photographers who came to document the event.

Fly

}

18:03

Film info

1970
By Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 24’00”

The motionless body of a young woman is unveiled by a series of close-ups that follow the movement of a fly. The female body looks like a fragmented landscape, observed with subtle humor by the gaze of an animal and not as an object of masculine desire. The vocalisations of Yoko Ono accompanies the video, following the exploration of the insect.

Freedom

}

18:28

Film info

1971
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 1’05″

Created for the Chicago Film Festival in 1971, the film portrays in slow motion the artist’s attempt to tear her bra with deliberately theatrical movements, ending without revealing the result of the action.

Erection
 

}

18:30

Film info

1971
By John Lennon
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 17’17”

From an idea by John Lennon, the film consists of a stop motion sequence that document from a single point of view the construction of the London International Hotel, between 1970 and 1971. The soundtrack, taken from Yoko Ono’s Fly album, includes environmental noises produced by the construction site.

The Museum Of Modern Art Show

}

18:49

Film info

1970
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 8’47″

The film documents the reactions of the public visiting an imaginary retrospective exhibition dedicated to Yoko Ono at the Museum of Modern Art, announced by the artist through newspapers. At the museum, the public found a cameraman waiting for them instead, briefed by the artist to document the feelings caused by the absence of the exhibition.

Sisters, O Sisters (Live at The Apollo Theatre)

}

18:59

Film info

1971
By Yoko Ono
Direction: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Color, mono
Duration: 3’55”

Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Jerry Rubin, Chris Osborne and Eddie Mottau perform the song Sisters, O Sisters, first appeared on Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s 1972 album Some Time in New York City, during Attica State prison riots benefit concert, at Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York, on 17 December 1971.

Woman
 

}

19:04

Film info

1981
By John Lennon
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 3’36″

Created after the death of John Lennon, the video features the single extract from John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1980 Double Fantasy album as a soundtrack, alongside footage portraying the couple, and private images by Yoko Ono.

Goodbye Sadness

}

19:09

Film info

1981
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 2’36”

Created after the death of John Lennon, the video features the single extract from Yoko Ono’s 1981 album Season of Glass as a soundtrack, alongside footage portraying the couple, and private images by Yoko Ono.

Walking On Thin Ice

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19:14

Film info

1982
By Yoko Ono
Direction: Yoko Ono
Color, stereo
Duration: 5’58”

Created after the death of John Lennon, the video features the single extract from Yoko Ono’s 1981 album Season of Glass as a soundtrack, alongside amateur footage portraying the couple, and private images by Yoko Ono.

Festival venue / About.

The Yoko Ono Film Festival will be hosted at STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.

Studio address:
Via delle Mantellate 14 – 00165 Rome, Italy

Opening:
Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 | 6PM

Festival / screenings hours:
Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 | 6PM-10PM
Wednesday Oct 24th to Saturday Oct 27th | 4PM-8PM

Free admission.

Contact info:
tel\fax: +39 06 68805880
email: info@studiostefaniamiscetti.com

Studio Miscetti Video is an ongoing project by STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI, and a curatorial exploration of video languages in contemporary art. Since 1986, the Studio has invited many artists to perform, install and project video works at the STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI gallery space as well as in contemporary art museums and public spaces, often with the support and patronage of local and international cultural institutions.

In 1996 the Studio pioneered the practice of projecting artists' works on historic buildings with the Projected Artists series in Rome, followed by further projections also in Florence, featuring interventions by Yoko Ono, Nancy Spero, Doris Bloom, William Kentridge, Paolo Canevari and Maurizio Pellegrin, and included as a side show the first Italian edition of The Yoko Ono Film Festival.

In 2006 STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI started curating and producing the video-only collective exhibition SHE DEVIL, now at its tenth edition. SHE DEVIL is a collection of video art that brings together a vast number of international female curators and artists, from the emerging to the established, providing a genuine platform of video art languages and a close analysis of the female world, exploring different topics at each edition.

Studio Miscetti has also hosted video art projects by Marina Abramovic, Orlan, Alfredo Jaar, Adrian Tranquilli, Gian Domenico Sozzi, Piero Steinle and Maurizio Pellegrin, among others.

Director: Stefania Miscetti

Over the years, assistant directors have been: Antonia Alampi, Daniela Cascella, Alexandra Corradini, Dobrila Denegri, Francesco Diaz, Tiziana Di Caro, Giulia Di Costanzo, Laura Giorgini, Veronica He, Pia Lauro, Elena Giulia Rossi, Valerio Santoro, Chiara Vigliotti.

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