The films in this programme expose the limitations of verbal language and its role in perpetuating the ideologies of those in power. Some of them reveal and destabilise the gender and racial positions firmly inscribed in the structures and conventions of language; others question its communicative boundaries, raising issues of linguistic and cultural translations. All of them develop film languages – including the use of multi-screen projections – that embrace disjunctions, frictions and mistranslations as a way of expressing the frustration of incommunicability or giving voice to suppressed meanings.
Susan Stein, G, UK, 1979, 16mm, black and white, sound, 6 min
Lis Rhodes, Light Reading, UK, 1978, 16mm, black and white, sound, 20 min
Alia Syed, Fatima’s Letter, UK, 1992, 16mm, black and white, sound, 21 min
Anna Thew, Berlin Meine Augen, UK, 1982, Super 8 transferred to digital, double screen, colour, sound, 23 min
Anna Thew, Blurt, UK, 1983/2016, 16mm transferred to digital, double screen with video, Super 8 and live elements, colour and black and white, sound, 12-15 min
The screening is followed by a discussion with Susan Stein, Alia Syed and Anna Thew, moderated by Lucy Reynolds, lecturer, artist and curator in artists’ moving image.
Supported by LUMA Foundation, FLUXUS and LUX.