Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project
The Counter Cinema/Counter Media project focuses on film and media practices that use form to resist and "counter" the approach to gender and sexuality found in dominant film and media outlets, platforms, and traditions. In the broadest sense, counter practice can be understood both an active opposition to the codes, uses, and ideology of mainstream film and media, and the production of an alternative grammar or set of rules for constructing meaning, narrative, and visual representation. While counter-cinema finds its history rooted largely in early experimental filmmaking and the avant-garde, the term came to the fore in the 1970s with the rise of feminism, feminist film theory, and political modernism; it extends into politically militant and collective cinema approaches and anti-colonial "Third cinema" traditions.
This project will study the history of counter cinema and media primarily as it has engaged with gender and sexuality with the aim of understanding contemporary practices and new media formations for resistance. If much of the debate between 1975-1995 centered on what women's counter-cinema should strive for or look like, this project asks: what is the visual, formal language of opposition today, and what is its relevance to the issues of gender and sexuality in 2013? Which dominant media forms, and to which audiences do counter practices address themselves now? Which aspects of resistant visual language remain potent, and which have been absorbed into the dominant vernacular of our film and media landscape? Does the form of resistance matter today?
Friday, November 18 at 7:00pm
An Evening with Sarah Price
Logan Center - 915 East 60th Street, Screening Room 201