AFW + NFSA #47: Babette Mangolte, What Maisie Knew and Carolee Schneemann, Fuses
Thursday 25 August, AFW / Arena Project Space, 2 Kerr St, Fitzroy, 7:30pm. $7.
What Maisie Knew, dir. Babette Mangolte, 1975, 16mm, 58 min.
With Epp Kotkas, Kate Manheim, Saskia Noordhoek-Hegt, Linda Patton, Yvonne Rainer and Jerry Bauman, James Barth, John Erdman and Philip Glass.
Music: “Etudes Symphoniques” by Schumann, “Flute solo” by Jon Gibson
“A film made around the subjective camera, the vision of a child, and a re-reading of the Henry James novel. The concern is not with reality and appearance but the manner in which these terms come to be constituted.” – Constance Penley
Fuses, dir. Carolee Schneemann, 1967, 16mm, 22 min.
A silent film of collaged and painted sequences of lovemaking between Schneemann and her then partner, composer James Tenney; observed by the cat, Kitch.
"...I wanted to see if the experience of what I saw would have any correspondence to what I felt-- the intimacy of the lovemaking... And I wanted to put into that materiality of film the energies of the body, so that the film itself dissolves and recombines and is transparent and dense-- as one feels during lovemaking... It is different from any pornographic work that you've ever seen-- that's why people are still looking at it! And there's no objectification or fetishization of the woman." –Carolee Schneemann
Films courtesy of NFSA