We present a programme that bends time and brings together a century of feminist film experiments in honour of lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer (1939–2019).
Hammer transfigured history by recovering her predecessors and creating spaces for future LGBTQI+ visions; ‘woman with a movie camera’ and cinematic theory of ‘dyketactics’, conceived in the 1970s, has become a feminist rallying cry in recent years.
Using technology to intervene into the erasure of women and LGBTQI+ people, Hammer worked with archive material and video, as well as her own images, to rewrite an inclusive lesbian queerstory. This programme presents Hammer as queer historian, leaping backwards from her cyborg experiments with super-wide lenses and early computer editing, to a transformational dance film by Hammer’s beloved precursor, Maya Deren, and forward to Tanya Syed's portrait of butch icon Peggy Shaw, which draws on Hammer’s lesbian aesthetics and performative portraiture.
Ritual in Transfigured Time
US 1946 Dir Maya Deren 15 min Digital presentation
US 1984 Dir Barbara Hammer 21 min Digital presentation
No No Nooky TV
US 1987 Barbara Hammer 12 min Digital presentation
Peggy Shaw - A Film Portrait
UK 2014 Dir Tanya Syed 16 min 30 sec Digital presentation
Maya Deren’s Sink
US 2011 Dir Barbara Hammer 30 min Digital presentation
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Over 60s: £11
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Barbican Cinema 2
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
An infrared system for hard of hearing customers is provided in each auditorium; headsets or neck loops can be collected from foyer staff. The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop.
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