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Programmed by Elisa R. Linn & Lennart Wolff

 

Julia Heyward

This is My Blue Period 

1977

Video, colour, sound

31:28 min

 

Courtesy the Artist     

 

This is My Blue Period is a documentation of a 1977 performance at Artists Space (NYC). It is a stream of consciousness monologue based on four of the artist's poems that spin a narrative around a virus overtaking her body and mind. Using a wide range of vocal, singing, and speech techniques Heyward blurs psychedelic experiences, spiritual motifs, and everyday scenes. When the phrase “I just work here“ is repeated like a prayer, the quasi-religious protocols of precarious wage labor are spun into poetic form. 

 

Elisa R. Linn / Lennart Wolff, NOTHING RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY, South London Gallery, 2018 helve