Laura Mulvey is most well-known for her seminal essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema which challenges Hollywood cinema’s positioning of woman as object of male visual pleasure.
In Riddles of the Sphinx directed with Peter Wollen they further explore conventions of mainstream cinema and use avant garde techniques to break these conventions. The film explores different methods of framing the female subject, such as 360 pans and breaking the 4th wall, where the realtionship between viewer and subject moves away from traditional narratives.
This screening is part of WANDA, a four day feminism and moving image event and the first of its kind in Belfast. The event will include film screenings, talks, performances and panel discussions on subjects relating to feminist moving image practice, and how feminism continues to inform and inspire moving image works of many forms.