Urgency and Possibility: Counter-Cinema in the 70s and 80s

29 Sep 2017 – 7 Oct 2017

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10:00 – 17:00
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10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
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Cooper Gallery

Dundee, United Kingdom


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Cooper Gallery presents a two-week screening programme of the collaborative films of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen.


Friday 29 September, 7 – 8.30pm
Talk by Laura Mulvey and screening of AMY!, 1980 

Saturday 30 September, 2 – 4.30pm
Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons, 1974 
Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti, 1981 

Thursday 5 October, 6 – 8pm
Riddles of the Sphinx, 1977 

Saturday 7 October, 2 – 3.30pm 
Crystal Gazing, 1982 

To mark the opening of the programme, Laura Mulvey will give a talk on 29th of September discussing the political context and critical approach in her collaborative film works with Peter Wollen. 

Selected with Laura Mulvey, the programme features Mulvey and Wollen’s first film Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons (1974), which represents an experimental British venture into territory pioneered by the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and explores concerns central to Mulvey's writings: the position of women in relation to patriarchal myth, symbolic language and male fantasy. The screening programme presents their most influential film, Riddles of the Sphinx (1977), considered a key work of avant-garde film to have emerged from Britain during the 1970s for its visual accomplishment and intellectual rigour. The screenings also include the rarely seen films; AMY! (1980), Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (1981) and Crystal Gazing (1982).

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Sophia Yadong Hao

Exhibiting artists

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen


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