Body Collage

1967, 3:57 min, b&w, silent, 16 mm film on video

Body Collage is a visceral "movement-event" from 1967, in which Schneemann paints her body with wallpaper paste and molasses, and then runs, leaps, falls into and rolls through shreds of white printer's paper, creating a physicalized corporal collage. "My intention was not simply to collage my body (as an object), but to enact movement so that the collage image would be active, found, not predetermined or posed," writes Schneemann.

This is a newly restored version of this seminal work. In 2007 EAI received a grant to preserve this film through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the NFPF. The restored film is available from EAI on video.

Performed and Edited by Carolee Schneemann. From 16mm b&w film footage by Gideon Bachmann. This film was preserved through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the NFPF.