Participation | Chicago Reader

Participation

This no-frills black-and-white anthology of early work, shot on a Sony Portapak video recorder, by experimental video pioneers Steina and Woody Vasulka doubles as an entertaining time capsule of New York's youth counterculture circa 1970. Dynamic performance footage by Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Don Cherry (performing solo on a New York sidewalk), an unknown R & B singer, and Jethro Tull—whose Ian Anderson resembles a cross between a bearded pixie and a kickboxer—is interspersed with some of the couple's experimental work, raw footage of off-Broadway drag theater, and Andy Warhol regulars like Candy Darling, Paul Morrissey, and Ondine squabbling with one another on a TV talk show. Also on the program is Lagsniff (1965), a 20-minute experimental film by Swedish sound artist Ake Hodell.

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