Light Field

San Francisco / March 15 - 17, 2019

 

Barbara Hammer tribute
co-presented with Canyon Cinema

Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 6pm
The Lab (2948 16th Street, SF, CA)
Total running time: 28 minutes
Free

Pools     Barbara Hammer   1981 | 8 minutes | USA | 16mm | color/b&w | sound  My aesthetics in co-making POOLS with Barbara Klutinis was to bring an experiential and physiological sense of the body to the members of the audience watching the film in terms of the locations, the swimming pools designed by the first woman architect to graduate from the School of Beaux Arts in Paris, Julia Morgan. I want the viewers to have the experience of swimming in architectural space for two reasons. First and foremost, I want to activate my audience, I want them to come alive, not be passive through watching cinema, and then to extend that "aliveness" into their lives through conscious expansive living and responsible politics. The second reason I swam and filmed in those pools was to break a taboo. No visitors are allowed to swim in these gorgeous examples of Morgan's work. At least by getting permission to swim there myself with an underwater camera I could extend through vision this extraordinary physical experience.  -BH

Pools
Barbara Hammer
1981 | 8 minutes | USA | 16mm | color/b&w | sound

My aesthetics in co-making POOLS with Barbara Klutinis was to bring an experiential and physiological sense of the body to the members of the audience watching the film in terms of the locations, the swimming pools designed by the first woman architect to graduate from the School of Beaux Arts in Paris, Julia Morgan. I want the viewers to have the experience of swimming in architectural space for two reasons. First and foremost, I want to activate my audience, I want them to come alive, not be passive through watching cinema, and then to extend that "aliveness" into their lives through conscious expansive living and responsible politics. The second reason I swam and filmed in those pools was to break a taboo. No visitors are allowed to swim in these gorgeous examples of Morgan's work. At least by getting permission to swim there myself with an underwater camera I could extend through vision this extraordinary physical experience.
-BH

 
Superdyke     Barbara Hammer   1975 | 20 minutes | USA | 16mm | color | sound  A comedy about a troop of shield-bearing Amazons who take over city institutions before relaxing in the country. -BH

Superdyke
Barbara Hammer
1975 | 20 minutes | USA | 16mm | color | sound

A comedy about a troop of shield-bearing Amazons who take over city institutions before relaxing in the country.
-BH


Barbara Hammer  was a visual artist primarily working in film and video. Her work reveals and celebrates marginalized peoples whose stories have not been told. Her cinema is multi-leveled and engages an audience viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to make social change. She has been honored with 5 retrospectives in the last 3 years: The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Tate Modern in London, Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Toronto International Film Festival and Kunsthalle Oslo in Norway. Her book  Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life  was published in 2010 by The Feminist Press at The City University of New York.  She is most well-known for making the first explicit lesbian film in 1974,  Dyketactics , and for her trilogy of documentary film essays on queer history  Nitrate Kisses  (1992),  Tender Fictions  (1995),  History Lessons , (2000).

Barbara Hammer was a visual artist primarily working in film and video. Her work reveals and celebrates marginalized peoples whose stories have not been told. Her cinema is multi-leveled and engages an audience viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to make social change. She has been honored with 5 retrospectives in the last 3 years: The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Tate Modern in London, Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Toronto International Film Festival and Kunsthalle Oslo in Norway. Her book Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life was published in 2010 by The Feminist Press at The City University of New York.

She is most well-known for making the first explicit lesbian film in 1974, Dyketactics, and for her trilogy of documentary film essays on queer history Nitrate Kisses (1992), Tender Fictions (1995), History Lessons, (2000).