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Barbara Hammer: Pushing the boundaries of cinema and the body

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you acticin is not trance cinema active cinema repeatedly points to itself the cinema active cinema is its own this is Barbara hammer at the Tate the Tate Modern tonight I'm doing a performance called changing the shape of film taking film off the screen into the space that the audience is in so I project around the architectural details of wherever I am the audience has to move to be able to see the image the image is me when as 30 years old pushing the frame trying to change cinema from a prescribed rectangular form into something different and in this case a circle if my thought was the blood is running through your veins and your arteries to move it's also running through your mind to think if you see an outrage on television you'll take action you won't be passive in front of the tube I want you to be aware of your own body in your own minds in your own thought critical thinking while you're watching that was the whole premise that I built this performance around the I was raised without a religion middle class but I was raised with rules and expectations from my parents I wanted to break away from those from the beginning I felt that I wasn't like everyone else close disguised the body and I was trying to break away from artifice and disguise showing things like multiple orgasm menstruation female acceptance of bodily processes and this was pretty unusual for the early 70s but I wasn't conscious of that I wasn't thinking of where I fit in film history I knew that I was an artist and then I wanted to make a mark in the world there was a blank screen in terms of women's cinema and most importantly there was no lesbian cinema and I had just come out putting my emotional connections with women as a group who are and continued to be second-class citizens invigorate to the audience active cinema move this might be the last time that I perform the piece one doesn't know I think good work lives forever it doesn't feel dated to me and I don't think we we have an active cinema still you you