Projecting Light and Bending Time: Barbara Hammer in the 1980's (1982–83)
Projecting Light and Bending Time: Barbara Hammer in the 1980's (1982–83)
Projecting Light and Bending Time: Barbara Hammer in the 1980's (1982–83)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Projecting Light and Bending Time: Barbara Hammer in the 1980's

Barbara Hammer | USA | Unclassified (15+)
Film

This program of two of Hammer’s most celebrated and searching films of the 1980s includes: Audience (1982), a diary of audience reactions to retrospectives of Hammer’s work in San Francisco, London, Toronto and Montreal; and Bent Time (1983), a work inspired by the scientific theory that time can bend like light curving at the universe’s outer edges. Hammer uses an extreme wide-angle lens and “one frame of film per foot of physical space” to capture high-energy, mystical and scientific sites across the United States.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Electronic Arts Intermix
Duration: 55 mins

When

Duration

55 mins

Rating

Unclassified (15+)

Where

Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 2 November

About the program

Queering the Archive: The Cinema of Barbara Hammer (Wed 26 Oct – Wed 2 Nov)

Over a career spanning 50 years and more than 80 moving-image works, American filmmaker and visual artist Barbara Hammer (1939–2019) initiated a new kind of cinema made from a distinctively female and lesbian perspective, challenging the assumptions of mainstream culture and opening a discourse for marginalised groups in society. Her personal and experimental films sought to inspire social change and make largely invisible bodies, images and histories seen.

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Barbara Hammer operating a camera

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