Barbara Hammer at NYU

From: Jonathan Kahana (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Nov 14 2007 - 12:47:23 PST

The Undergraduate Dep't of Film and TV
The Department of Cinema Studies
invite you to

The Experimental Lecture

"Barbara Hammer: The Cinema of the Optic Nerve"
Film, Video, Performance and Conversation

Friday November 16
7 PM Free

Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway
Room 109 (Lobby Floor)

World renowned avant-garde filmmaker Barbara Hammer will talk and
screen films from a movie career that spans forty years. Hammer will
use a performative style that challenges all our assumptions about
what a "lecture" should be, projecting unseen treasures from her own
archive as well as her award winning shorts "Optic Nerve" and "Sanctus".

Barbara Hammer biography
Barbara Hammer was born on May 15, 1939 in Hollywood, California.
She is a visual artist working primarily in film and video and has
made over 80 works in a career that spans 30 years. She is considered
a pioneer of queer cinema.

Barbara's experimental films of the 1970's often dealt with taboo
subjects such as menstruation, female orgasm and lesbian sexuality.
In the 80's she used optical printing to explore perception and the
fragility of 16mm film life itself. Her documentaries tell the
stories of marginalized peoples who have been hidden from history and
are often essay films that are multi-leveled and engage audiences
viscerally and intellectually with the goal of activating them to
make social change. Hammer was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in
Fall 2005 at the Bratislava Academy of Art and Design, Slovakia; she
received the first Shirley Clarke Avant-Garde Filmmaker Award in
October 2006 and the Women In Film Award 2006 from the St. Louis
International Film Festival. In February 2007, she was awarded a
tribute and retrospective at the Chinese Cultural University Digital
Imaging Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

She lives and works in New York City.

Jonathan Kahana
Department of Cinema Studies
Tisch School of the Arts
New York University
721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-1821 tel
(212) 995-4061 fax
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