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Janet Biggs [Videonale.13]

*1959, lives and works in New York USA
Studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence USA and at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia USA


Exhibitions [selection]: 

2012 Kawah Ijen, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington USA [S]

2011 No Limits: The Video Work of Janet Biggs, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa USA [S]

         The Arctic Trilogy, Winkleman Gallery, New York USA [S]

2010 VantagePoint IX: Janet Biggs, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte USA [S] 

2009 Vanishing Point, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York USA [S]

         Miami International Film Festival, Miami USA

2008 Tracking Up, Solomon Projects, Atlanta USA [S]

         Oslo Screen Festival, Oslo NOR

2007 Infinitu et Contini: Repeated Histories, Reinvented Resistances, Smack Mellon, New York USA

         Loop Video Art Fair, Barcelona ESP




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Vanishing Point, 2009, 10:32 min., sound, colour [Videonale.13]

With its title taken from Richard Sarafian's 1971 road movie, Janet Biggs' video Vanishing Point combines two scenarios that are very different in visual language: After a serious motorcycle accident on the Bonneville salt flats in 2007, Leslie Porterfield returned to motor sports one year later and broke three world records, one of which was a land-speed record of 234 mph. Biggs recorded footage both of the racing motorcyclist and the sporting event. Because of the snow white, smooth desert sand and the clear blue horizon of the salt flats, the eye has no reference points and the profile shots of Porterfield and her motorcycle transform the full-throttle, dangerous attempt into an apparent statical moment.The other scene shows a song that Biggs composed, performed by the ARC gospel choir, an initiative of the Harlem’s Addicts Rehabilitation Center. In her text, Biggs deals with questions of identity and wants to know: “When are we no longer ourselves?” Isolation and self-loss, made visible by deep intrusions into our lives, represent the background that Biggs uses as the opportunity to deal with the question of how the limits of our identity are laid down and when our essence – what makes us who we are – eventually vanishes.

Maria Wildeis

Janet Biggs