JONAS IN THE DESERT Information (Site in progress)
with Jonas Mekas, Delphi-Cinema (sold out)
First scene with Jonas was infront of my Arriflex-camera 16mm, as a guest for dancer Kazuo Ohno “Just Visiting This Planet”. Exactly 1 minute sitting on his high refrigerator, with his head directly next to the big old round clock (like at a trainstation.), (1989 or `90).
I had asked Jonas to look straight into the camera for the 1 minute, and he did it(!),…for normal people it´s very difficult and to stay relaxed…
For the sound of the clock-scene
Jonas reads a short story about Adam and Eve in
Jonas was “perfect” guest in the Kazuo-film…
After the little scene Jonas remarked: “Why don´t you make a film about me?”… like saying. “heh, give me the apple over there.”
Without thinking I said yes. Then I asked other people, what they think, just about everybody said: ”Don´t do it. No good idea.. Jonas is ‘out of it’, and I thought …, I think I thought, actually I didn´t think, but now I think I said yes, cause I liked his face, voice and smile.
And he had already quite often shown my film Dandy at Anthology Film Archives, so he knew somehow what I was about…
One of the first guests in the
Jonas-film was Allen Ginsberg, who had also seen Dandy, in which he, I
think(…), adored Blixa Bargeld. Allen wrote a supportletter for a City-grant in
It was somehow a snowball, many old and young friends participated.
Also I met Jonas at
Int.filmfestivals, f.ex in Torino, with Kenneth Anger, Gozo in
Wonderful trip with Jonas for the weekend at Peter Beards place at Montauk… (how goodlooking can one be!... ), great guy, I filmed him painting and scribbling and glueing…). Jonas often showed films, discussed them, held speaches, f.ex. at the Whitney…, Nam June Paik und Fluxusfriends performed at Anthology, some very serious, but most quite humouros.
Yes, humour was also a great part of Jonas, also good drinks, Italian bread, sausage, goatcheese, garlic,.. dancing and singing… (in progress)
18.02.2023: 90 FLuXuS GrEeTiNgS for YOKO ! ... ---((we were all surprised, when she appeared downtown at Anthology for my film about Jonas Mekas (he, too), and afterwards Yoko asked Jonas for a wish, and she fulfilled it in 2 days (as far as I remember)...