Thursday, May 11, 1995

Artist As Filmmaker – Yoko Ono

Rape + Erection

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Our second program in an ongoing retrospective of Yoko Ono’s films focuses on the relation between the spectator and the film or the filmed. In the feature-length Rape (1969), one of Ono’s most complex and engaging films, “a cameraman will chase a girl on a street with a camera persistently until he corners her in an alley, and, if possible, until she is in a falling position”(YO). Directed in collaboration with John Lennon, the film explores the camera as transgressor and as an extension of the male film crew and ourselves as voyeurs. Erection (1971) dissolves photographs of a construction site to document the erection of a London hotel. Produced by the American Federation of Arts