Joe...DiMaggio is a video created in homage to a film by San Francisco experimental filmmaker, Anne McGuire, called Joe DiMaggio 1,2,3 (1991). In the first section, the filmmaker is inside her car, videotaping and zooming in on an elderly man walking along the water at the Berkeley Marina. She begins crooning Judy Garland-like desires for him as though he is the baseball legend, Joe DiMaggio. For a moment she is distracted and becomes more interested on the landscape or other people. In the second section, she is driving and most interested in her own singing and pleading to Joe who is no longer in the shot. In the third section, the stalking is taken a bit further into a more obvious creepy tone, when one sees a series of still images, perhaps daily snapshots taken of Joe, as the filmmaker sings to him in an electronically distorted high-pitched tone. The video was presented looping on a small, full-color surveillance camera, on a pedestal in a gallery with windows that made the viewer think that they may be being watched as well. In McGuire's film, she was at the Marina in San Francisco, not the Berkeley Marina. Also, Joe Di Maggio was still alive and in fact, who she was actually stalking when she made her film. For me this piece represents the extremes of the homage, the copy, the counterfeit, and the exposing of public identities. Also, it is a reflection on the absurdity of the longing and desire in the lyrics that we hear in pop songs on the radio and how we sometimes find ourselves crooning them out loud...to strangers.
Video in crashed hard drive....sorry gone. :(