Carolee Schneemann Film Series
Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019) is known primarily as a performance artist, but her artistic expression was properly interdisciplinary, spanning painting, sculpture, writing and moving image.
This five-part film series offers the chance to view, in a cinema space, four of her remarkable film works – including her best-known film, Fuses (1964-67), on a newly restored print. It also contextualises her work by placing Schneemann’s work in dialogue with films by her contemporaries that approach similar themes – sexuality, the taboos around women’s bodies, and the experience of viewing human suffering through mediated images.
A double-bill of documentaries offers an engaging and accessible introduction to the artist, while a fifth and final session, programmed by external curating partners Art in Flux, considers her legacy for artists working today and addressing issues of sexuality and gender.
Carolee Schneemann – Film Series is part of the public programme of events surrounding the exhibition Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics (8 Sep 2022 – 8 Jan 2023) in the Barbican Gallery.
Carolee Schneemann: Art in Flux - Radical Embodiment
Join us for an evening of media art, moving images, demos, and a discussion with curators and filmmakers on ritual embodiment and the politics of gender.
Carolee Schneemann: Interrogating the Image + Intro
Beginning with Schneemann’s own Viet-Flakes (1962-67), this programme brings together a selection of found footage films that critique and subvert the power of images produced by the media.
Carolee Schneemann: Intimacy and the Body + Intro
This programme assembles work from the 1960s and 70s by women experimental filmmakers, contemporaries of Carolee Schneemann, taking as their subject the female body, sexuality and desire.
Carolee Schneemann: The Autobiographical Trilogy + Intro
For one screening, we bring together the three films in Carolee Schneemann’s “Autobiographical Trilogy”.