Monday December 28, 7pm
Jonas Mekas

365 Day Project: Part 12 “December” (Final Installment)

artist in person – pizza break and toast at mid-point!

arnold as santa

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Santa (from “365 Day Project”, Jonas Mekas, 2007) – image courtesy of the artist

Microscope is extremely pleased to present the 12th monthly installment of the screening premiere of “The 365 Day Project” by Jonas Mekas. The final month is a rush of Mekas’ active life in New York and flashbacks to events during travels both in the US and abroad – a late night walk in the rain through Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on the way to Pete’s Candy Store; a train ride along the Hudson with daughter Oona; cross-country skiing in Vermont;  a jam session with Harmony Korine in Paris; Christmas in Hollywood with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Santa.

In quieter moments Mekas contemplates tourism as a modern form of Zen, revisits the various locations of Warhol’s factory, remembers Norman Mailer who died in November of the year of the project, and offers an “autobiography” on his birthday.

As in the past segments, numerous other friends and family members make appearances including this time: Raimund Abraham, Matthew Coppa,  Jurga, Kaori Ito, Larry Kardish, Paul Klib, Peter Kubelka, Louis Malle, Keith Sanborn, James Thiérrée, Ben Vautier, Nick Zedd, and Sebastian, Sean, Pola, Adolfas, Sky, Benn, Auguste, Dalias, Moira, Phong, Hollis, Auguste, Erica, Pip, Rachel and more.

In addition to the pizza break there will also be a prosecco toast!

Running time: approx. 3 hours
Audience may enter and exit at any time.

$7 – general admission
$5 – students with valid ID
Free for Members!

andy_unionsquare LA XMAS

Stills from “365 Day Project”, Jonas Mekas, 2007 – images courtesy of the artist

About 365 Day Project:
“Every day of the year 2007 I placed on my website one new video usually about three to ten minutes in length.  By the time the project ended, I had made 38 hours of completed video works, the equivalent of twenty feature films… It was the most challenging undertaking I had ever done. The videos deal with my life in Brooklyn and my many travels of that year. It’s personal and anthropological (impersonal) at the same time.  During my travels I relied a lot on technical and other help from The Gang (Benn Northover, Sebastian Mekas — I travel most of the time with The Gang) and Elle Burchill was always ready at my Brooklyn station. You’ll see a lot of me and my friends, various daily activities, gettings together, a lot of music, and a lot of events around New York and Europe that year. The main challenge was to record it and share it immediately with many friends all over the world. Today I still do the same, but not daily, with less pressure, on my website” – Jonas Mekas

The videos in the “365 Day Project” were made available for download and playable on smartphones at a time when Facebook had just been made publicly accessible, Youtube had just been acquired by Google, and the first iPhone was about to be released later that year.The videos range from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.
Selections from the “365 Day Project” is currently on view at the Internet Pavillion, Venice Italy through November 22. The work  has previously been presented in its complete form as an installation (playing on 12 or 52 monitors) at ZKM, Karlsruhe (Germany); Hermitage, St. Petersburg (Russia); galerie du jour, Paris (France) and 2B Gallery, Budapest (Hungary).

DAY339_DEC 5TH_oonatrainjpeg DEC 19TH_kubelkashootingvideo

Stills from “365 Day Project”, Jonas Mekas, 2007 – images courtesy of the artist

Jonas Mekas was born in 1922 in Semeniškiai, Lithuania and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Mekas was brought to the US along with his brother Adolfas in 1949 by the UN Refugee Organization. Within weeks, Mekas borrowed money to buy his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of his life. Mekas is now among the most influential makers of avant-garde film and a master of the diaristic form. His works are shown regularly in the US and internationally including recent solo exhibitions at KZM Karlsruhe, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Stadmuseum Weisbaden in Germany; Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris; James Fuentes Gallery, NY; DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague; MUAC, Mexico City; Krinzinger Projekte Vienna; National Museum of Art, Washington, DC. Mekas’ works have also previously exhibited at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MoMA PS1, Queens; Documenta, Kassel, Galerie Du Jour, Paris; Venice Biennale, Venice; among many others. Mekas has also published more than 20 books of prose and poetry, which have been translated into over 12 languages. He was co-founder of the influential Film Culture magazine and wrote his  “Movie Journal” column at the Village Voice for 20 years. He also founded the Film-Makers’ Cooperative in 1962, and in 1964 the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives. Both are still operating under the original mission today.

DAY349_DEC 15TH_korinemekasetcplayingparis DAY354_DEC 20TH_zedd

Stills from “365 Day Project”, Jonas Mekas, 2007 – images courtesy of the artist

  • join our mailing list

    F T V instagram