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Hudson, Graham, 2015, Show, Exhibition or Event, WORK OUT

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WORK OUT is a part of the 'Jump into the Unknown: Future Rhythms' conference as part of the 56th Venice Biennale.
The project is 'Jane Fonda’s Workout' on a projection screen, with workout mats and water bottles provided.

In 1981 Jane Fonda released her aerobic instruction book, Jane Fonda’s Workout, a heavily text based tome writing about equality, the environment, identity and the relationship of mind and body through exercise. In 1982, a new technology created a market opportunity that was seized through her pioneering video; Jane Fonda’s Workout. As with the book, the video was made to raise funds for husband Tom Hayden’s political party; The Campaign for Economic Democracy. (Tom Hayden of The Chicago 10, 1968 infamy)

For Fonda, aerobics was a Macguffin to fight a political cause, she was a 1968 political refugee, giving in to 80’s Reaganomics, her politics were now of the mind and body, self awareness and being ‘conscious’, while looking out the window at Main St. USA, into your soul, down at your waistline and at your bank balance.
Her Workout is a chameleon of a text, interrelating Politics, Film studies, American History, Gender studies and Biology. At its heart Politics directs the intention of that text, while it’s allegorical overture are rich in utilising Western and Sci-fi genre tropes. This fuses with its potential reading as an ‘Art object’, combining notions of Performance (gesture and subject/object discourse) and Sculpture. (form, function, site and exhibition).

Official URL: http://9dh-venice.com/futurerhythms.html
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W130 Sculpture
School or Centre: School of Fine Art
Copyright Holders: Graham Hudson
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 16:38
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 16:38
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2060

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