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Film screening: Technology Transformations: A Feminist History of the Supercut

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Block Museum of Art   (847) 491-4000

Group: Block Museum of Art

Co-Sponsor: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
One Book One Northwestern

Category: Fine Arts


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) 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.

In Person: filmmaker Jennifer Proctor

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