A curated programme of short films by writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques including a new film commission You Will be Free. Jacques responded to the exhibition Cookie Mueller & Vittorio Scarpati Putti’s Pudding, utilising a quote from Mueller’s writing as a point of departure for her poetic reflections on the impact of the AIDS crisis, as well as notions surrounding death, the body and afterlife.
For this special event, Jacques gave an introduction to this new work as well as the influences behind the artist’s wider practice, followed by a curated programme of short films, including Ugo Rondinone’s Thanx 4 Nothing (2015), Jerry Tartaglia’s Ecce Homo (1989) and Jacques collaboration with artist Ker Wallwork, Approach/Withdraw (2016).
Juliet Jacques, You Will Be Free, (2017, 10 mins 15’)
B. S. Johnson, Poem, (1971, 1 min)
Bas Jan Ader, I’m Too Sad to Tell You, (1971, 3 mins)
Stéphane Marti, Allegoria, (1979, 13 mins)
Jerry Tartaglia, Ecce Homo, (1989, 7 mins)
Ugo Rondinone, THANX FOR NOTHING, (2015, 19 mins)
Ker Wallwork & Juliet Jacques, Approach/Withdraw, (2016, 9 mins 50’)
This event formed part of the public programme accompanying Putti’s Pudding, an exhibition of works by Cookie Mueller and Vittorio Scarpati (9 September–12 November 2017).
‘Putti’s Pudding’ is a book and ‘final project’ by American writer and actor Mueller, and her husband, Italian artist Scarpati. Published in 1989, the same year both died from complications related to AIDS, it pairs drawings by Scarpati with writing by Mueller.
Reimagined as an exhibition at Studio Voltaire, Putti’s Pudding featured forty–five original felt–tip pen on notepad drawings made by Scarpati when he lost the ability to speak, accompanying texts by Mueller, and a public programme of talks, readings, screenings and performance.
Juliet Jacques (b. 1981) is a writer and filmmaker based in London. Jacques has published two books: Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study (Dalkey Archive, 2007) and Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015). Her short fiction, essays and criticism have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The White Review, Sight & Sound, Filmwaves, Cineaste, Frieze, London Review of Books and many other publications and websites.