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Barbara Hammer: Mediated Sensuality

October 24 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Free

Barbara Hammer: Mediated Sensuality

Write curators KJ Relth and Mark Toscano, “Beginning with her best-known short and ending with her last completed work, this program highlights Hammer’s playful, unfolding dialogue between corporeality and artistic method…. [A] primer on Hammer’s visual imagination and career-long fascination with the scintillating power of touch.”

Works to screen:

Dyketactics
(16mm, color, 4 min., 1974)
“A popular lesbian ‘commercial,’ 110 images of sensual touching montages in A, B, C, D rolls of ‘kinaesthetic’ editing.” New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Double Strength
(16mm, 15min., color, 1978)
Restored by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

No No Nooky T.V.
(16mm, color, 12min., 1987)
“No No Nooky TV posits sexuality to be a social construct in a ‘sex-text’ of satiric graphic representation of ‘dirty pictures.’ Made on an Amiga Computer and shot in 16mm film, No No Nooky TV confronts the feminist controversy around sexuality with electronic language, pixels and interface. Even the monitor is eroticized in this film/video hybrid that points fun at romance, sexuality, and love in our post-industrial age.” Restored by the Academy Film Archive.

Sync Touch
(16mm, color, 10min., 1987)
A lesbian/feminist aesthetic proposing the connection between touch and sight to be the basis for a “new cinema.” The film explores the tactile child nature within the adult woman filmmaker, the connection between sexuality and filmmaking, and the scientific analysis of the sense of touch. New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Vital Signs
(16mm, b/w & color, 10mins.,1991)
“The film employs images and text to intertwine Western constructions of death that place death far away from home in a seldom visited cemetery with Hammer’s personal interactions with a skeleton, clips from Renais’ Hiroshima, Mon Amour, text from Foucault’s Birth of a Clinic and scenes from a hospital intensive care unit. This film is dedicated to John Wilbert Hammer, Curt McDowell and Vito Russo.” New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Women I Love
(16mm, color, 23mins., 1976)
Women I Love is a series of cameo portraits of the filmmaker’s friends and lovers intercut with a playful celebration of fruits and vegetables pixilated in nature. Culminating footage evokes a tantric painting of sexuality sustained.
Restored by Electronic Arts Intermix and the Academy Film Archive through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Evidentiary Bodies
Digital, color, 10mins., 2018
2018, 10 mins. Digital, color.
Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix.

Total Running Time: 84min.

 

Presented as a part of:
Barbara Hammer (1939-2019): In Tribute 

Three rich programs or recent restorations and new 16mm prints celebrating the career of Barbara Hammer, the singularly pioneering, lesbian feminist experimental filmmaker, who we lost earlier this year. The three programs – with over 20 works to screen — are but a sampling of this maker’s considerable and exuberant achievement, film and video work demonstrating an ongoing activist sensibility that encouraged an experimentation with the formal possibilities of her media and a representationally and politically expansive reach to her subject matter.

The programs are curated by KJ Relth, programmer for the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Mark Toscano, film preservationist at the Academy Film Archive, the archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. (The notes here are provided by the curators). All 16mm prints are courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. Digital materials presented in arrangement with Electronic Arts Intermix and Video Data Bank. Thanks to the UWM Union Cinema, the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres, and Woodland Pattern Book Center for their co-sponsorship of this series.

 

The Barbara Hammer programs are all free.

 

 

 

Details

Date:
October 24
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
Email:
lgbtfilm@uwm.edu
Website:
https://uwm.edu/lgbtfilm

Venue

UWM Union Cinema
2nd Level, UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, United States
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