A Walk with Jane Austen


Performance and performance video, Blossomfield House 1999, (video 20 minutes). Shown at: Solihull Gallery (2000)

Humorously re-evaluating the relevance of women 19th century female authors and historicity, Jane Austen was performed in an informative walk around the grounds of Blossomfield House. The event was documented and repeated without an audience, and the resulting video was spliced together with 2 time frames, and a manipulated Phillip Glass soundtrack.

As well as theoretically re-claiming walking for women as a ‘feminist discourse’ (Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust although the performance and film was made before this was published), the work is about exploring the veracity of history and of time, and its constructs. It mocks ‘bodice-ripping’ romance genres as yet another way women are categorised and objectivised. It plays with writing and in-authenticity. Engaging audiences poetically through additional material from Mallarme, the performance hoped to re-vision histories and cultural tropes that confine representations of women and the spaces they inhabit.  


The video was available and hosted online for many years at DV it is no longer available here but it is available on DVD at LADA and I am thinking about putting it online.

Blog: http://dvblog.org/?p=8598



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