Joan Jonas (New York, United Sates, 1936) is a pioneer of performance, experimental film and video installation. In her works the influence of contemporary dance and avant-garde cinema replace narrative continuity with a multimedia performance style that merges drawing, sculpture and video. Working with artists and friends such as Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt and Gordon Matta-Clark, and studying with contemporary dancers such as Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer, she developed an artistic proposal that alternates between performance and its translation to video installations.
The objects are intended to have the objective character of industrial products. They are not intended to represent anything other than what they are. The previous categorization of the arts no longer exists.