Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, 2022

Photo: Enrico Fiorese

Moving Off the Land closely follows the process of the eminent artist Joan Jonas in developing the performance Moving Off the Land (2016–20). This body of work encompasses three years of research into the significance of the ocean throughout history as a totemic spiritual and cultural reference. Jonas conjures an aquatic universe of mythological and real figures, where new stories of sheer beauty and ecological urgency emerge. The complete script for the performance, along with the artist’s annotations of it, are the core of the book, accompanied by mesmerizing images of Jonas’s live performances. Edited by Ute Meta Bauer, curator of Jonas’s acclaimed presentation in the US Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, this lavishly illustrated 272-page publication includes a rich selection of research materials that Jonas collected over many years, a complete chronology of the project’s history, and an extensive conversation between Jonas, Bauer, and curator Stefanie Hessler that unpacks the genesis of the project and how the artist explores environmental concerns while highlighting the intelligence, marvel, and beauty of the nonhuman creatures that cohabit our world. The introductions by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza and by Markus Reymann embed the project in the research practice of TBA21 and TBA21–Academy. Co-published by TBA21–Academy and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König.
Book orders
here and here (US)
Book presentations and artist talks
UPCOMING: Joan Jonas  in conversation with Ute Meta Bauer, David Gruber, Judy Hussie-Taylor, and Markus Reymann
Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 7:30 PM
at Danspace Project, New York
Free with RSVP

Joan Jonas in conversation with Jonathan Balcombe, Stefanie Hessler, and Markus Reymann
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
at Swiss Institute, New York

Joan Jonas in conversation with Angela Vettese
Introduced by Markus Reymann
Monday, September 12, 2022
at Ocean Space, Venice
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König
Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land
Edited by Ute Meta Bauer
English, 17 x 24 cm
Softcover, 272 pages
ISBN 978-3-7533-0229-4
€ 25 / $ 40 USD
Introductions by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Markus Reymann, and Ute Meta Bauer. Performance script by Joan Jonas. With a conversation between Joan Jonas, Ute Meta Bauer and Stefanie Hessler.
Mono.Studio, Berlin