Va [Skype] Lecture

Jennifer Locke

Based in San Francisco, California

Va [Skype] Lecture
“Body and Conciseness”
February 13, 2015, 09:00 IRST

On Friday, February, 13, 2015, Va held a Skype lecture by Jennifer Locke, a video-performance artist who currently resides in the US. Locke presented a series of her work, followed by a discussion around a reading of the lecture “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” in relation to Locke’s series of work.

“Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, by Laura Mulvey (English, PDF)
“Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, by Laura Mulvey (Farsi, tr. Fatah Mohammadi, Arghanoon Magazine, PDF)
“The Neurons that Shaped Civilization”, Video Lecture by Vilayanur Ramachandran (Video, English, External Link; Farsi Subtitles Available)


Working in video and installation-based performance, Jennifer Locke composes physically intense actions in relation to the camera and specific architecture in order to explore the unstable hierarchies between artist, model, camera, and audience. Her actions focus on cycles of physicality and visibility.  Locke often creates a separation between her live actions and the audience through the use of material barriers, live video feeds, multiple camera perspectives, wireless microphones, and mini­-cameras. These audio­visual reiterations produce a ripple effect, flattening, repeating, echoing, amplifying, and displacing the action by turning it —as well as the audience performing its own spectatorship— into an image of itself.  Locke has exhibited in venues such as the 2010 California Biennial; 48th Venice Biennale; Air de Paris, Paris; the 9th Havana Biennial; the Basel Art Fair; La Panaderia, Mexico City; Palais de Beaux­Arts, Brussels; Canada, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Berkeley Art Museum; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has curated for Artists’ Television Access and Queens Nails Annex, co­produced a cable access show, sung in punk bands, and given a variety of workshops. Locke received the 2006 Chauncey McKeever Award, a 2010 Goldie, and was recently awarded a 2012 Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship. She lives and works in San Francisco and teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.