Technology Transformations: A Feminist History of the Supercut: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Technology Transformations: A Feminist History of the Supercut

Technology Transformations: A Feminist History of the Supercut
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri February 22, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Technology Transformations: A Feminist History of the Supercut

In conjunction with NEW NETWORKED GENRES, a course led by Northwestern professor James Hodge, this screening traces histories of gendered reproductions in media through the form of “Supercut.” A viral video genre, supercuts compile multiple instances of a single theme, utterance, cliché, or image from pop-culture sources, but it has roots in earlier feminist works such as Dara Birnbaum’s TECHNOLOGY/TRANSFORMATION: WONDER WOMAN (1979) and Matthias Müller’s HOME STORIES (1990). Pairing these antecedents with contemporary works such as Natalie Bookchin’s MASS ORNAMENT (2009), Michael Robinson's THE DARK, KRYSTLE (2013), Penny Lane's NORMAL APPEARANCES (2018) and Jennifer Proctor’s NOTHING A LITTLE SOAP AND WATER CAN’T FIX and AM I PRETTY? (2018), this program reveals how the supercut offers a powerful tool for remixing the social reproduction of gender in media from cinema to YouTube. Proctor will join Professor Hodge for conversation after the screening.


Part of the film series
Reproductive Systems: Gender, Power and Society

Block Cinema continues its year-long series of programs inspired by One Book One Northwestern’s 2018-2019 selection, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, with a selection of films that engage the theme of reproduction. Biological reproduction is at the center of The Handmaid’s Tale, but Atwood’s novel also reflects how systems of education, labor, media and justice function to reproduce social structures across generations. Programmed with the support of the Northwestern Women’s Center, Reproductive Systems brings together documentaries, narratives and experimental films that interrogate these complex structures of social and biological reproduction and their effects on women’s lives.

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