Whose History? Feminist Advocacy and Experimental Film and Video

Reynolds, L. 2017. Whose History? Feminist Advocacy and Experimental Film and Video. in: Clayton, S. and Mulvey, L. (ed.) Other Cinemas: Politics, culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s London I.B. Tauris. pp. 138-149

Chapter titleWhose History? Feminist Advocacy and Experimental Film and Video
AuthorsReynolds, L.
EditorsClayton, S. and Mulvey, L.
Abstract

This question begins Lis Rhodes's riposte to what she argued as the reductive positioning of women artists in the history of experimental film presented at the Film as Film exhibition at the Hayward in 1979. Rhodes' withdrawal of her films from the show, along with other filmmakers such as Annabel Nicolson, has often been accounted for as the catalyst for the formation of Circles, a women only distribution collective for women artists working with film and video, tape slide and film performance. However, just as important for Circles' formation were the women only meetings, which had been taking place at the London Filmmakers' Co-operative in the year preceding to the exhibition. Here, women associated to the Co-op and London's feminist networks met to discuss their own practices and, significantly, those of figures from film history, specifically Alice Guy and Maya Deren. For it could be argued that Circles emerged from a desire to both advocate, and examine, past figures marginalised in male dominated histories of cinema. As I will discuss, Deren or Guy could thus be understood as important mentors or touchstones for the construction of a feminist artists' film history, whose presence permeates all areas of Circles activity: from its distribution catalogue and touring programmes, to the discussion groups and screenings engendered by the group. And to what extent can we also situate these rehabilitations in the wider focus on women's history which has marked feminist culture of this period, such as the History group and the Edinburgh film event of 1972?

Keywordsfilm, feminism, history, Circles, Lis Rhodes, Laura Mulvey, Maya Deren, Alice Guy, advocacy
Book titleOther Cinemas: Politics, culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s
Page range138-149
Year2017
PublisherI.B. Tauris
Publication dates
Published30 Jun 2017
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781784537180

Related outputs

Experiment, Cybernetics and the Formal Film in Britain
Reynolds, L. 2020. Experiment, Cybernetics and the Formal Film in Britain. in: A companion to Experimental Cinema Wiley-Blackwell.

A Feminist Chorus for Glasgow School of Art
Reynolds, L. 2019. A Feminist Chorus for Glasgow School of Art.

Un Refrain Féministe/A Feminist Chorus
Reynolds, L. 2017. Un Refrain Féministe/A Feminist Chorus.

Circulations and Co-operations: Art, Feminism and film in 1960s and 1970s London
Reynolds, L. 2017. Circulations and Co-operations: Art, Feminism and film in 1960s and 1970s London. in: Applin, Jo, Spencer, Catherine and Tobim, Amy (ed.) London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks, 1960-1980 Pennslyvania, USA Pennsylvania State University Press. pp. 133-150

Ballet Black
Reynolds, L. 2016. Ballet Black. Screen. 57 (1), pp. 80-86. doi:10.1093/screen/hjw012

A Feminist Chorus for Feminist Revolt
Reynolds, L. 2015. A Feminist Chorus for Feminist Revolt.

A Feminist Chorus at Wysing Arts Centre
Reynolds, L. 2015. A Feminist Chorus at Wysing Arts Centre.

Controlling Agent: Artist and Spectator in the Film Actions of Gill Eatherley and Annabel Nicolson
Reynolds, L. 2015. Controlling Agent: Artist and Spectator in the Film Actions of Gill Eatherley and Annabel Nicolson. in: Bovier, F. and Mey, A. (ed.) Cinéma Exposé/Exhibited Cinema Lausanne, Dijon ECAL.

"Non-institution": finding expanded cinema in the terrains vagues of 1960s London
Reynolds, L. 2015. "Non-institution": finding expanded cinema in the terrains vagues of 1960s London. in: Bovier, F. and Mey, A. (ed.) Cinema in the Expanded Field Zurich JRP/Ringier.

A collective response: Feminism, film, performance and Greenham Common
Reynolds, L. 2015. A collective response: Feminism, film, performance and Greenham Common. Moving Image Review and Art Journal. 4 (1 & 2), pp. 90-101. doi:10.1386/miraj.4.1-2.90_1

A Feminist Chorus, Glasgow
Reynolds, L. 2014. A Feminist Chorus, Glasgow.

A Feminist Chorus for Voices at 5 Blythwood Square
Reynolds, L. 2014. A Feminist Chorus for Voices at 5 Blythwood Square.

The question of the subject and the autobiographic in artists moving image practice
Pucill, S., Hatfield, J. and Reynolds, L. 2004. The question of the subject and the autobiographic in artists moving image practice. Filmwaves Magazine. 24 (2), pp. 5-9.

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/q1q2v/whose-history-feminist-advocacy-and-experimental-film-and-video


Share this
Tweet
Email