In the 1977 film Riddles of the Sphinx, Laura Mulvey explains that the ‘Oedipus myth associates the voice of the Sphinx with motherhood as mystery and with resistance to patriarchy’. With a metaphoric connection in the Sphinx’s riddle and resistant motherhood, Mulvey and Wollen explore the film’s themes through everyday depictions played by actors. The scenes are bookended with an opening and close in which Mulvey speaks directly to the camera, suggesting the ultimate dilemma to with ‘motherhood and how to live it, or not to live it’.Continue reading “Resistant motherhood”
For each of the filmmakers who have work at this years Essay Film Festival we are creating special profiles on our festival blog. The purpose of these profiles in to share a range of resources to benefit those interested in learning more about their work.Continue reading “EFF Filmmaker Profiles: Christopher Harris”
Following on from last week’s post on Peter Wollen’s association with the S.I, I will today be sharing some illuminating materials on Authorship. Authorship is explored in the above link as a conversation between Peter Wollen and artist Kathy Acker. Acker’s critical goal is to decentralise the ownership of authorship; the recoding illuminates the complexities of who is speaking through whom in the novel ‘Don Quixote’.Continue reading “Peter Wollen on Authorship”
This post makes available a series of texts related to our screening of Segunda Vez.
The film is an essayistic response to the work of Argentinian author, critic, artist and psychoanalyst Oscar Masotta (1930–1979). As part of the research project Dora Garcia also produced a book translating texts by Masotta, and bringing his texts into dialogue with other important writers and thinkers.Continue reading “Reading Material for Segunda Vez (Dora Garcia)”
Coinciding with our upcoming exhibition ‘Art at the Frontier of Film Theory’, I will be sharing a series of illuminating articles, interviews and other resources concerning the relationship between art history, art movements and the work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, on a weekly basis.Continue reading “Peter Wollen on the Situationist International (SI)”