- SCHNEEMANN Carolee, Interior Scroll. 1975. East Hampton. Long Island.
Performed in East Hampton, NYC and at the Telluride Film Festival, Colorado. Schneemann ritualistically stood naked on a table, painted her body with mud until she slowly extracted a paper scroll from her vagina while Reading from it : « I throught of the vagina in many ways – physically, conceptually : as a sculptural form, an architectural referent, the sources of sacred knowledge, ecstasy, birth passage, transformation. I saw the vagina as a translucent chamber of which the serpent was an outward model : enlivened by it’s passage from the visible to the invisible, a spiraled coil ringed with the shape of desire and générative mysteries, attributes of both female and male sexual power. This source of interior knowledge would be symbolized as the primary index unifying spirit and flesh in Goddess worship. » (C. S.)
Re-enact : Interior Scroll -The Cave,1975-1995, 1995, 7:30 min, color, sound. In a vast underground cave, Schneemann and seven nude women perform the ritualized actions of Interior Scroll — reading the text as each woman slowly extracts a scroll from her vagina. The scroll embodies the primacy of an extended visual line shaped as both concept and action. The extracted text merges critical theory with the body as a source of knowledge. Beatty's camera moves from the naked group actions into close-ups of the unraveling text. Edited and Produced by Maria Beatty.