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Kyoto Laureate Symposium: Arts and Philosophy : 2018 Laureate: Joan Jonas

The Kyoto Laureates are chosen each year to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind.

About Joan Jonas

U.S.A. / b. July 13, 1936
Performance Artist, Video Artist, Sculptor
Professor Emerita in Art, Culture, and Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


An acclaimed multi-media performance artist, Joan Jonas is also a major figure in video art. From her seminal performance-based exercises of the 1970s to her later televisual narratives, Jonas' elusive theatrical portrayal of female identity is a unique and intriguing inquiry.

Trained in art history and sculpture, Jonas was a central figure in the performance art movement of the mid-1960s. In works that examined space and perceptual phenomena, she merged elements of dance, modern theater, the conventions of Japanese Noh and Kabuki theater, and the visual arts. Jonas first began using video in performance in Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy (1972), in which a live camera and monitor functioned as both a mirror and a masking device, a means of transforming and layering images, space and time.

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Selected Performances by Joan Jonas

Joan Jonas--"I'm Curious About Life"

Joan Jonas Interview

Kyoto Symposium Events at USD

Joan Jonas Presentations
Thursday, March 21, 2019


Join us as Ms. Joan Jonas delivers a lecture titled

"Joan Jonas: 1968 to the Present"

followed by a workshop with the artist
Thursday, March 21, 2019


Kyoto Prize Symposium

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
Free admission. RSVP required.
Register for Kyoto Prize Symposium


"A Workshop with Joan Jonas"

2 p.m.
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
Free admission. RSVP required.
Register for afternoon session.


Free and open to the public.
Reservations are required.