The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Projecting Light and Bending Time: Barbara Hammer in the 1980's
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.
Also screening on Wed 2 November
Nitrate Kisses (1992) – Wed 26 Oct, 7pm
Superdykes! The early films of Barbara Hammer (1974–76) – Wed 26 Oct, 8.35pm
History Lessons (2000) – Wed 26 Oct, 9.25pm
Projecting Light and Bending Time: Barbara Hammer in the 1980s (1982–83) – Wed 2 Nov, 7pm
The Female Closet (1998) – Wed 2 Nov, 8.05pm
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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