A is for Avant-Garde, Z is for Zero

[The events below have been cancelled due to public health guidelines, find more information here]

A is for Avant-Garde, Z is for Zero: Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen is a retrospective exhibition at Cooper Gallery that is used as a means to refract the work of influential theorists and filmmakers Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen through the prism of art.

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen are best known as film theorists and filmmakers. As writers, they made highly influential interventions in film theory such as Mulvey’s ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ and Wollen’s ‘The Two Avant-Gardes’ (both 1975). Seeking cinematic forms that investigated and countered dominant languages of looking, signification and narration, Mulvey and Wollen made six films between 1974 and 1983 that engaged the viewer in a rigorous and still timely conceptual debate that brought into contact semiotics, feminism, psychoanalysis, alongside histories and theories of the avant-garde.

There are a few relevant events happening as part of the exhibition:

Laura Mulvey | Artist’s Talk
Thursday 19 March, 1pm

Exhibition Preview
Thursday 19 March, 5.30–7.30pm

Signs Meanings Riddles: Film into Poetry | Writing workshop led by Jane Goldman
Thursday 26 March, 6–7.30pm

SCRIEVE | Playwriting scratch night
Thursday 9 April, 6–8pm

Riddles of the Sphinx | Screening and Artist’s Response by Margaret Salmon
Wednesday 15 April, 6–8pm


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