106 minutes | Nov 11, 2015

Episode 35: Writing Women's Experimental Film Histories

Women appear, but on whose terms? In this recording from the 2015 London Film Festival Lucy Reynolds chairs a discussion on how women artists are represented in the histories of experimental film. Panellists include Charlotte Procter , Maud Jacquin and Mark Williams , and co-curator of the LFF screening Joanna Margaret Paul: I am an open window. Introduction 0 – 4.35 Lucy Reynolds. Quote from Lis Rhodes’ essay Whose History? . Panel Presentations 4.35-13.10 Maud Jacquin on women film-makers working in the London Film-makers Co-Operative from the mid 1960s to the mid 1990s; alternative conceptions of the body, subjectivity and history 13.49-27.00 Charlotte Procter on Cinenova; a distribution agency formed in 1991 from merger of two feminist film distributors Circles and Cinema of Women; questions of archiving 27.26-37.10 Mark Williams on working with the collection of Joanna Margaret Paul , a New Zealand film-maker and artist working across disciplines whilst living in the geographical margins Panel Discussion 37:00 LR to MJ: Why show this work now? What drew you to the work? How to bring it into dialogue with contemporary artists? 41.50 LR to CP: What are young practitioners finding in the Cinenova collection? 43: MJ/MW: on inter-disciplinary nature of women working in the 1970s 44:42 LR: cites Guy Brett’s observation that for women the distinction between life and art is more porous 46:00 LR: On having to continually answer the question of why it was necessary to establish distribution and representation that was/is women only 47:40 LR: How to find women’s work? MW on working with Archives and issues with cataloguing 48:50 LR: Why the struggle for institutional advocacy? Corresponding danger of work being subsumed into institutions. 52:30 Is the museum a good space to show experimental film works? 55:00 How does the contemporary art market support the preservation, distribution and accessibility to historical film works? How do female moving image artists feel about their relationship to the art market and the collecting institution? How does this differ from their relationship to self-determined models for exhibition and distribution? Audience Questions 58.30 How do we represent historical feminist work in a contemporary institutional context and innately embody feminism? 52:00 With Joanna Paul’s work how do you release something so personal to the marketplace? MW on market potentially providing funds for restoring the Joanna Paul archive 65:32 In the 1970s structuralist movement how did women extend the paradigm of experimental film? 68:30 LR: What does contemporary feminist scholarship project on the past? 73.00 How did women artists in the 1970s support themselves financially? 76:00 What other parallel histories and genealogies of Women’s experimental film-making await scholarship? 79.30 Does exclusion from official histories and movements offer a kind of freedom from ‘the baggage’ of other histories? 81.21 What kind of challenges are associated with archiving and preserving video as a medium? 86:00 How do we prioritise what gets preserved? 88:28 How do we introduce the work of older female artists to younger female practitioners? 93.30 What kind of writing accompanies the works and in what form, be it essays, cataloguing or other? 101.00 What other contemporary resources exist for the promotion of film works by women? 106:00 Ends Thanks to LUX, The London Film Festival, Benjamin Cook and Stuart Heaney.
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