Multidisciplinary artist (and pioneer of the form) Carolee Schneemann, has elevated the discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender through her work and life. She was a full participant, and a courageous one, in the cultural turbulence of the sixties; confronting taboos, challenging traditions, and embracing new forms. Her ongoing work as a painter and her merge into the downtown New York performance scene of that era (Judson Dance Theater, Warhol's Factory, assorted Happenings and kinetic theater) lead to her own performances and films such as the notorious 1964 Meat Joy, a "celebration of flesh as material," a living montage of naked bodies, raw fish, chickens, and sausages. And that's just the first few years.
In this conversation with filmmaker, archivist, and historian MM Serra, Schneemann discusses her film Fuses at length along with anecdotes and reflections on life and work, sex and tech, cats and people, and much more. Fuses is included in the Summer 2006 exhibit Into Me, Out of Me curated by Klaus Biesenbach at P.S.1.