New York filmmaker Nina Fonoroff is one of the medium’s most courageous and imaginative investigators of the fragmentation of body and mind. Fonoroff will show Empathy (1980, Super-8, 10 min.), A Knowledge They Cannot Lose (1989, Super-8, 17 min.), and The Accursed Mazurka (1994, 35 min.), about which she writes: “Dramatic recitations, clinical reports, and obsessive journal entries make up a dense collage around the occasion of mental breakdown, as reconstructed by a woman who has for a time lost her ‘reason,’ her body, and her sense of personal identity. At first she attributes her illness to repeated hearings of a certain piece of music on the radio…she must endure the sense that she is ‘a conductor of electrical current, a direct feedback loop, a dis-integrated circuit of mind and body.’ On the road to recovery, she concludes that the search for a cause is as futile and romantic as the myth of origins, and that ‘health’ is merely an elaborate yet intangible survival apparatus, necessary but elusive.” Also: Audio collage, 5 min., the remnants of the mazurka.
Sunday, March 20, 1994
Dis-Integrated Circuits of the Mind
Films by Nina Fonoroff
San Francisco Art Institute