Up to and Including Her Limits

Carolee Schneemann

1982, 25:00 minutes, colour, silent


Composed from footage of six performances (The Berkley Museum 1974, The Kitchen, NY 1976, Berlin 1976), this video vividly captures the concentration and raw intensity of Schneeman's presence and use of her own body. Suspended on a rope, naked and drawing, the body becomes a measure of concentration as the performance destroys the "theater of intentionality". With its harsh aleatoric sound track, this video more than documents a performance; it conveys the riskiness and depth of the original work.

(silent version)

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Critical Writing

Focus on Carolee Schneemann
by Kenneth White. Millenium Film Journal, Fall 2011, no. 54.
The Pains and Pleasures of Rebirth: Women's Body Art
by Lucy Lippard. Art in America, May 1976, v. 64, no. 3.