Wind is a 1968 performance film, recently restored and newly available on video. Cutting between snowy fields and a raw seashore, Jonas focuses on a group of performers moving through a stark, windswept landscape. The 16mm film — silent, black and white, jerky and sped-up — evokes early cinema, while its content locates it in the spare minimalism of the late 1960s. As in Songdelay, another early performance film, Jonas is concerned with stripping down the medium and foregrounding the figure and its ritualistic movements in space. Her performers struggle over and over with their fluttering coats, battling the gusts of a wind which, though soundless and invisible, defines the contours of this piece.
Camera: Peter Campus. Editors: Peter Campus, Joan Jonas.