© 2019 Judith Barry Studio


They Agape, 1978


Installation and film.
Two channel film projection with audio, 30 minutes
First screened at the Mabuhay Gardens,
San Francisco 1978


Related publications:

Are You Ready for TV ?, Judith Barry, Download Link


ArtForum, Tyler Curtis, Downlaod Link
Dis-play / Re-play,  New Yorker, Download Link
New York Times, Martha Schwendener, Download Link

This two projector (channel) film about two women architects is based three ideas. One, the Greek notion of ‘agape’ - a very particular kind of love. Two, Structuralist filmmaking, in particular its anti-pleasure point-of-view. Three, soap opera’s evil/angry women whose ability to transgress gives them power. The voice-over dialogue outlining the mistrust the two women feel towards each other and the punk music sound track belie the lyrical cinema-verite style filmmaking. Shown predominantly in punk clubs, the films played on two differently sized screens, separated by a great distance.

They Agape installation view Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

They Agape video stills

They Agape video still