Symposium “STRANGER LOOKS: THE BODY AND THE GAZE“

Accompanying the exhibition “SECOND NATURE“ by artist Antoinette Zwirchmayr in das weisse haus, the symposium “STRANGER LOOKS: THE BODY AND THE GAZE“ will explore how power and desire has conventionally operated through the gaze in cinema. Strategies to look and think differently – to disrupt gendered assumptions and a dominant patriarchal viewpoint, opening up space for new meanings and infinite variations of desire – will be sought. Antoinette’s work is a fruitful starting point for such a project, in its insistence that there is strange mystery in the machine that in never being able to be explained away has a latent power to transform received certainties; to offer a wild spectre of escape from the tales that simultaneously define and entrap us. Beguiling stories about the perils of female curiosity are no match for the heady command of the camera-eye, extending the body through a dream-science of control. The speakers will offer various ways into the topic in brief talks, some with accompanying short films or clips.

13.30
Guided walk around exhibition “SECOND NATURE“ with artist Antoinette Zwirchmayr

14.00 – 16.00
Screening
“The Pimp and His Trophies“, directed by Antoinette Zwirchmayr, 21 min.
Carmen Gray (film critic and currently Theorist in Residence)
“Beyond Bluebeard: Cinema of Transgressive Curiosities“ (English)
Claudia Slanar (Curator Blickle Kino & Video Archiv)
“Spaces, Screens, and Spectators: On current reconfigurations of unstable relationships” (English)
Beate Hofstadler (Psychoanalyst and film scholar)
Ravenous Eye and Devouring Look (German)

16.30 – 17.30
Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg (Curator and director Drehbuchforum)
“Peek-a-Boo: Now You See It, Now You Don’t” (German)
Rosa John (Cultural scientist and artist)
“Woman With a Movie Camera” (German)

Admission free, please register at: buero@dasweissehaus.at
Food and drinks will be provided.

 

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