Heaven and Earth and Joe Davis (2011)





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Almost thirty years ago, a peg-legged artist and motorcycle mechanic from Mississippi walked into MITs Center for Advanced Visual Studies and demanded a meeting with the Director. After trashing the receptionist's desk and holding off the Cambridge police, Joe Davis walked out with an academic appointment at MIT. His status there has provided him with resources for much of his work - including sending vaginal contractions into space to communicate with aliens, poetry encoded into DNA, and a language to write the world beneath the world. His gig at MIT is unpaid. He gets evicted from several apartments and loses his lab space to science. But perhaps his greatest obstacle is that people don't understand him.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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The only thing more brilliant than this documentary is Joe Davis himself. Considered the father of bio-art, Davis sees - and attempts to communicate - the world in ways that few of us would ever consider. Peter Sasowsky does a near-perfect job of showing us Joe's world, while Joe gives the viewer new ways of thinking. The ideas in the film are dense; I saw it twice because I was so overwhelmed the first time. Joe's ideas are like glancing movement out of the corner of your eye - you think you had it, but it's gone. Deep and intimate and absolutely right, this is a must see.

Lisa Feldstein
Lisa Feldstein

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