This project seeks to explore the significance of the on-going relationship between Bill T. Jones and University through the acquisition of a full archival film of the “100 Migrations” performance (2008), as well as a 30-minute documentary film that discusses the role of the Artist in the research university. By using the University setting for the development of new work, Mr. Jones has exposed U.Va.’s potential for creative research, in conjunction with the University’s teaching and research mission. He has made visible the ways in which U.Va.’s history, memory and setting foster this type of research.
The grant will allow us to acquire the full archival footage of “100 Migrations”, a work of art created by Mr. Jones at U.Va., in collaboration with the students, faculty, staff, and Charlottesville residents; and to illustrate the role of the Artist in the research university in a made-for-television documentary (30 minutes in length), through the lens of the Bill T. Jones residencies. Kartemquin Films is eager to pursue the creation of this film, using their own footage from 2008 as well as footage collected by U.Va. in 2011. The end goal of the documentary would be a television broadcast (locally or nationally) as well as film festival screenings and University events.