Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen: Beyond the Scorched Earth of Counter-Cinema

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"Laura Mulvey (b.1941) and Peter Wollen (b.1938) have long been celebrated as groundbreaking film theorists. Decades after their first publication, texts such as ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ (1975) and Signs and Meaning In The Cinema (1969) - which wrestle with and brilliantly conjoin elements of semiotics, feminism, psychoanalysis and theory - are still widely read and debated.

"Less known, especially in the United States, are the equally ambitious essay- and theory-films that they made together between 1974 and 1983. Informed and inspired by the Women’s Movement, post-Godardian Modernism and Latin American Third Cinema, they sought to create a new cinematic language that could address submerged feminist histories, the politics of desire and of the gaze, the neoliberalisation of the imagination.

"Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen: Beyond The Scorched Earth of Counter-Cinema, curated by Oliver Fuke, places these rarely-screened collaborations alongside a range of works made for television. Mulvey herself will be present for all screenings; there will also be contributions from and appearances by collaborators such as Yvonne Rainer, Tilda Swinton and Vitaly Komar."