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William E. JONES

Nationalité américaine

"Produced with a stringent economy of means, my work is minimalist in form and maximalist in ambition. Moving images, (often at the threshold of being stills,) while carefully composed, can be almost brutal in their primitivism: "here is the front of a building; here is a field of grass." The conventional montage that transports a spectator from master shot to close up without announcing itself is nowhere to be found. The sense of cinematic space is created in the juxtapositions - sometimes obvious, sometimes unlikely - between words and images. Spoken words, unable to perform their traditional cinematic duty of giving the illusion of life to a dramatic scene, are free to be about anything at all. The narration, the result of years of research and writing, encompasses personal memory, historical and political discourse, even a few jokes. To describe the whole trajectory of the work: I begin by describing the circumstances of my formation, and I end by reflecting on society as a whole. I make essay films addressed not to passive consumers, but to citizens (ideally, all spectators) who think as well as feel when they attend the movies." – William E. Jones

"Any artist who can evoke the world of gay pornography and the aesthetic of Straub/Huillet or Godard/Gorin in one and the same cinematic breath, must by definition resist definition. With his film, video and photo works of the past two decades and his critical writings and publications, this California-based maximal minimalist (Olaf Möller) has been an important presence in many circles at once: William E. Jones has rethought hackneyed boundaries between art and pornography, fandom and critique, Hollywood and other kinds of filmmaking. Focusing his lens on the intersection of Labor and Eros, he offers a study of the economy and legislation of the aesthetic as it is discombobulated by the erotic. (Bruce Hainley, Artforum)

Born in 1962 in Ohio, Jones makes films, reconstructs and restores works from marginal masters, teaches, curates, writes about the cinema and creates art books in the same manner that he makes films. A cycle becomes visible: what unites all of these activities is the struggle against oblivion and decay, the fight against artistic and social marginalization." – Austrian Film Museum (https://www.filmmuseum.at/en/film_program/scope?schienen_id=1289998529727)


1997 / 16mm / couleur / sonore / simple écran / 75' 00 / 200 €
distribution : 16mm
1991 / 16mm / couleur / sonore / simple écran / 70' 00 / 186 €
distribution : 16mm