MFJ 71/72 “CRISIS”

Double Issue, Limited Edition


Our most substantial issue since 1986, the Fall/Spring 2020 issue is an exclusive double-sized limited edition including:


Our response to COVID 19 pandemic:
We asked artists, writers, curators, and viewers how they managed their personal and creative lives during the coronavirus Shelter-in-Place. Their answers came in texts, poetry, and images. Our editors also reviewed some of the many programs, festivals and exhibitions that were relocated online.

Not just a reference to the virus…
CRISIS reflects on the important turning points of these unprecedented times. The latest issue includes discussions of films and video works that engage the systemic racism crisis pervading American society and elsewhere, and the climate crisis that is already upon us with devastating consequences.

And much more!
We have all of our usual content including artist pages, remembrances of friends and colleagues recently lost, frame enlargements, photographs, drawings and more!



*MFJ No. 71 was scheduled for publication in April 2020, when the COVID-19 crisis was raging around the world. The Editors decided to publish it in Fall 2020 as part of a double-size issue, Nos. 71/72. For more information about this decision, please see the MFJ NEWSLETTER.</small>






Grahame Weinbren



Feelings, or Documenting Neighbors in New York: Ja’Tovia Gary, The Giverny Document  (Hyperlinks)
Greg de Cuir Jr

Can and must we make film now? Moving Images, Emergency and Production Porn From Virtual Oberhausen (Notes and Hyperlinks)
Miriam De Rosa

On the Intimacy of Consensual Filmmaking: Burning Lights Competition, Visions du Réel
Sarah Friedland

EASTER MORNING from home: Bruce Conner, EASTER MORNING and LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (Notes and Citations)
Johanna Gosse

Ben Rivers’ Now, at Last! (Notes and Citations)
Patrick Harrison

La Frequenza Fantasma (The Ghost Frequency): A film by Chiara Ambrosio
Joel Schlemowitz

The Afterlife of Black Calamities: How Can We Dream Futures After the Collapse of Time? John Akomfrah, The Last Angel of History and The Otolith Group, Hydra Decapita (Notes and Citations)
Jean Hyemin Kim

The Bird Game by Marianna Simnett (co-written by Charlie Fox)
Lucea Spinelli

An Itinerant Becoming: Mother I Am Suffocating, This Is My Last Film About You by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Notes and Hyperlinks)
C . R . Applewhaite

The 2019 Venice Biennale: Views on Goodbye Dragon Inn and BLKNWS
Vera Dika

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Monument (Notes and Citations)
Annie Dell’Aria

Archivos de video comunitario de Oaxaca (Community video archives of Oaxaca) (Notes and Citations)
Charles Fairbanks

Second Negation: Christian Marclay’s 48 War Movies at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Andrzej Jachimczyk

Peggy Ahwesh: Cleave Microscope Gallery, New York
Jonathan Ellis

Mediated War as Contemporary Art: Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011 at MoMA PS1, New York
Nicholas Gamso

Children’s Games by Francis Alÿs (Hyperlinks)
Steven Jacobs

Ecologies — Lost, Found and Continued Screen City Biennial, Stavanger, Norway (Hyperlinks)
Helene Romakin

Synthetic Cinema: The 21st-Century Movie Machine by Wheeler Winston Dixon, published by Palgrave MacMillan
Justin Remes

American Avant-Garde Cinema’s Philosophy of the In-Between by Rebecca A. Sheehan, published by Oxford University Press
Nathan Lee

Artists’ Moving Image in Britain since 1989, published by Yale University Press
Nicky Hamlyn

A Politics of Joy: Gregory Zinman’s Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts, published by University of California Press (Notes and Citations)
James Hansen



Inhabiting Impossibility: On Not Curating During the Pandemic (Hyperlinks)
Kim Knowles

Small-File Movies: Saving the Planet, One Pixel at a Time (Notes and Citations)
Laura U. Marks

To Teach Without Touch: Reflections on Distance Teaching (Notes and Citations)
Victoria Duckett, Liz Baulch

Digital Pandemic: Programming and Accessing Artists’ Film During the Lockdown (Notes and Citations)
Enrico Camporesi

Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heat Wave,Chapter One (Notes and Citations)
Sally Berger

On Jonas Mekas (Notes and Citations)
Amy Herzog

José Val del Omar in Translation (Notes and Citations)
Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco



Shelter-in-Place Survey



Cauleen Smith

The Camera is the Massage (Hyperlinks)
Christina Lammer



The View From Here: Berlin Curators on Showing Video Art During a Pandemic
Eliza Levinson



Bruce Baillie (1931 — 2020)
Steve Anker

Terry Cannon (1953 — 2020)
Adam Hyman with Alison Kozberg

Luther Price (1962 — 2020)
Laurie McKenna

Carolee Schneemann (1939 — 2019)
Kenneth White

Woody Vasulka (1939 — 2019)
Ellen Zweig

Peter Wollen (1938 — 2019)
Victoria Duckett

Books Received

Additional information

Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 8 × 10 in
Publication Date

15 November 2020, Fall Issue, Spring Issue




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