Nicky Hamlyn, Jackie Hatfield

From: Bernard Roddy (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jan 24 2008 - 12:51:40 PST

Nicky Hamlyn, I just saw a copy of your book (assuming
there's only one) and an essay of yours in a
collection edited by Jackie Hatfield, Experimental
Film and Video. The latter includes a much wider
range of work. For example, Cate Elwes has an essay
in there and there is substantial inclusion of work
that was not particularly technology-based but seemed
more engaged in performance or the personal, as
opposed to experimentation with a medium (or working
in a studio/gallery). This engagement with
structuralist film (which I thought I saw in looking
through your book) is, for me, like talking about the
opposition to commercial film - rather tiresome (not
to discredit that work!) There's also an opening
essay in which someone (also a veteran . . are they
all veterans?) discusses a "death of the avant-garde"
essay by Fred Camper. I found this oddly satisfying,
I mean the response to Camper (who, I admit, I have
not read - and do not mean to discredit). Like Ahwesh
as presented by the Wees essay in the Blaetz text,
there's a refreshing disrespect (there must be a
better word) for a canon. I think Blaetz also hints
at a certain impatience in her introduction. But the
Hatfield also gives substantial space to the artists
themselves - a wide range of them - to frame their own
work, which really seems to open up the possibilities
in terms of how film and video is understood,
particularly if those artists are not participating in
the same traditions. I'd say that geographical
location is one guide for expanding these terms, but
no guarantee. Bla, bla, bla.


--- Nicky Hamlyn <email suppressed>

> OK, so strictly I was not quite right, but that
> wasn't exactly my point,
> Nicky Hamlyn.
> Chuck Kleinhans writes:
> > The late Joyce Weiland was a Canadian. I don't
> know the precise
> > citizenship of Gunvor Nelson, but it wouldn't be
> surprising to find she
> > was a dual national (Sweden/US).
> >
> >
> >
> > On Jan 23, 2008, at 2:55 PM, Nicky Hamlyn wrote:
> >
> >> Haven't seen this book, so can't comment on it,
> but shouldn't the title
> >> be "AMERICAN Women's Experimental Cinema:
> Critical Frameworks", since,
> >> as far as I can see, no other nationalities are
> mentioned?
> >>
> >> Nicky Hamlyn.
> >>
> >>
> >> On 23 Jan 2008, at 19:58, Bernard Roddy wrote:
> >>
> >>> The essay by William Wees in the collection
> edited by
> >>> Robin Blaetz
> >
> >
> >
> > For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at
> <email suppressed>.
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at
> <email suppressed>.

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For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.