Austrian Film Museum - In Person: Barbara Hammer

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"VARIETY, EXCHANGE, CRAZY ZEAL, ENERGY, NONSTOP ENTHUSIASM, and a COMMITMENT TO EXPERIMENTATION IN ART, LIFE, AND THE SOCIAL MEDIA," reads Barbara Hammer’s formula for a radical cinema of love against the American Dream. Hammer (*1939) is one of the most important representatives of American independent cinema. Her experimental documentary works present the most extensive avant-garde body of work on lesbian love, relationships and the expressive power of sexuality. She turns the patriarchal, heteronormative coding of and control over cinema upside down in favor of a physical coverage of queer feminist architectures and geographies.

Hammer, initially a student of psychology and English literature, studied film at the San Francisco State University in the early 1970s. Her first film, Schizy (1968), already demonstrated the driving force behind the appropriation of (masculine) space central to her work: Hammer, who was still living with her husband at the time, leaves her marriage behind on a motorcycle, Super 8 camera in hand. Hammer is the synergy of life and (film) art. She draws significant inspiration from Maya Deren, her visual mother: After a number of her own artistic experiments, seeing Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) showed her cinema was the right place for her. For want of women role models, she carved her own niche in cinema. Using technologies of the moving image as a means of empowerment and research, she found her aesthetics in the bond between touch and image. She calls her art Active Cinema – six programs are dedicated to her uniquely invigorating power. (Katharina Müller & Christiana Perschon)

Programme:

Thursday April 19th, 19:30h
Haptic Visuality
- Menses (1974) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 4 min
- Superdyke (1975) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 18 min
- No No Nooky T.V. (1987) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 12 min
- Sync Touch (1981) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 10 min
- Optic Nerve (1985) by Barbara Hammer. Sound: Helen Thorington. 16mm, Colour, 17 min

Friday April 20th, 19h
Time and Space
- Pools (1981) by Barbara Hammer & Barbara Klutinis. 16mm, Colour, 6 min
- Pond and Waterfall (1982) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 15 min
- Bent Time (1984) by Barbara Hammer. Music: Pauline Oliveros. 16mm, Colour, 22 min
- Still Point (1989) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 10 min

Friday April 20th, 21h
Off Screen Space
- Jane Brakhage (1974) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, b&w, 10 min*
- Dyketactics (1974) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 4 min
- Women I Love (1976) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 23 min*
- Double Strength (1978) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 15 min*
- Audience (1983) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, b&w, 32 min*

Saturday April 21st, 19h
Her/stories
- Nitrate Kisses (1992) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, b&w, 67 min

Saturday April 21st, 21h
Generations
- I Was/I Am (1973) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, b&w, 7 min
- "X" (1973) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 7 min
- Psychosynthesis (1975) by Barbara Hammer. 16mm, Colour, 6 min
- Maya Deren's Sink (2011) by Barbara Hammer. Music: Meredith Monk. HD, Colour, 29 min
- Generations (2010) by Barbara Hammer & Gina/Joey Carducci. 16mm, Colour and b&w, 30 min

Sunday April 22nd, 19h
Epilogue – Arts in Times of War
- Resisting Paradise (2003) by Barbara Hammer; with Bettina Bergo, Denys Colomb de Daunant, Rudy Binion, Lisa Fittko, Barbara Klutinis. 16mm, colour and b&w, 80 min

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