JoJo Whilden, video still from "Jumping for Joy", 2000, looping DVD, 2:15 min, Courtesy ClampArt Gallery, NY.

JoJo Whilden, video still from “Jumping for Joy”, 2000, looping DVD, 2:15 min, Courtesy ClampArt Gallery, NY.

JoJo Whilden

JoJo Whilden defines her overall explorations as “the isolating of space, objects, or performance and re-positioning these things in a frame”. One of the purposes of the frame, she states, “is to isolate and concentrate on the thing we are studying (as in Muybridge’s horse hooves). I am very conscious of the moving picture in video and film being composed of still frames. I am also interested in the camera arts and the relationship to time and the ability to compress, extend, and re-create time.”

In “Jumping for Joy” Whilden creates a visceral experience of time using only a handful of frames transferred from super 8 footage. By breaking up the frames and changing the speed, she creates an orgasmic momentum, both through the visual content and the film media. “Jumping for Joy” creates a simulated sexual experience which lasts less then three minutes. The woman on the bed is having a vigorous workout on the bed with no clothes on and she reaches her own sort of climax in the experience.

JoJo Whilden is a photographer and video artist, who holds a BA from San Francisco State University and an MA from New York University. Her work has been presented in exhibitions including the “Atrocity Exhibition” at ClampArt in NYC, the Armory Photo Photography Show in LA and NYC, “Uncomfortable Beauty” at the Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, “NoLiveGirls” at the Lusty Lady in San Francisco and Seattle, and the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel. Whilden’s photography has been published in numerous magazines including Vogue, Variety, The Face, Filmmaker, Big Magazine, and Brutus; and her video and photography has been reviewed in Photographer’s Forum, New York Times, and the Village Voice. Whilden’s video footage of the World Trade Center collapse on 9/11 was included in the HBO documentary In Memoriam. In April 2002 Whilden was invited to be an artist-in-residence at the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY. Whilden is currently an adjunct faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and New York University, where she teaches video editing, production, and photography.