There exists an entire history of radical, pioneering feminist video collectives in France that has yet to be unearthed not only to an Anglo audience, but also to the entire Western canon of media studies. In France, in the early 1970s, several activist collectives (Video Out, Vidéa, Les Insoumuses, etc.) composed almost entirely of women took up the new portable video camera as an immediate and accessible tool to promote feminism, direct democracy, and political action. This event will acknowledge their place, role and contribution to the history of video and feminism, while creating new audiences and appreciation. Over the course of two evenings, loosely organized around the themes of protest and satire, a selection of these videos will make their English and American debut with subtitles followed by discussions with artists, scholars, and feminists who are influenced by similar practices.
MALéDICTINES [Vidéa: Anne-Marie FAURE-FRAISSE, Isabelle FRAISSE, SYN GUÉRIN, CATHERINE LAHOURCADE, Marie-Hélène.], 1975
S.C.U.M. MANIFESTO [Les Insoumuses: Carole Roussopoulos, Delphine Seyrig], aout 1976
MASO ET MISO VONT EN BATEAU [Les Insoumuses: CAROLE ROUSSOPOULOS & NADJA RINGART, DELPHINE SEYRIG, IONA WIEDER], 1976
Conversation Participants: Alaina Claire Feldman, K8 Hardy, Stéphanie Jeanjean, Martha Wilson
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