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Still from Now (1973), directed by Lynda Benglis © Lynda Benglis, courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (vdb.org)

Pace On Screen: Sixty Years

Now and Female Sensibility

Directed by Lynda Benglis

Monday, Oct 26, 2020
7 PM EDT
YouTube Premiere

For the second installment of Pace On Screen: Sixty Years, we are pleased to present two films by Lynda Benglis, Now (1973) and Female Sensibility (1973).

Event Details

Pace On Screen: Sixty Years | Lynda Benglis
Monday, Oct 26, 2020
7 PM EDT
YouTube Premiere

How to Watch

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Now_Lynda Benglis_Still.jpeg

Still from Now (1973), directed by Lynda Benglis © Lynda Benglis, courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (vdb.org)

Now

1973 | 11 min
Directed by Lynda Benglis
Courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (vdb.org)

Her first color tape, Now features Lynda Benglis experimenting with the effect of unnatural color, turning up the levels until the colors are high and artificial—in turn diffusing the idea of video as an impartial or "direct" medium. Throughout the film, Benglis interacts with images of herself displayed on a monitor, asking "Now?" and "Do you wish to direct me?" and repeats commands like "Start the camera" and "I said start recording." The word "now", used as both question and command, focuses attention on the deceptive "real" time of video, and reveals the structure underlying her presence in the video.

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Still from Female Sensibility (1973), directed by Lynda Benglis © Lynda Benglis, courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (vdb.org)

Female Sensibility

1973 | 13 min
Directed by Lynda Benglis
Courtesy of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (vdb.org)

Produced by Lynda Benglis in 1973, Female Sensibility features the artist and her friend Marilyn Lenkowsky taking turns directing each other and submitting to each other's kisses and caresses as it becomes increasingly obvious that the camera is their main point of focus. Read against feminist film theory of the "male gaze", the action becomes a highly charged statement of the sexual politics of viewing and role-playing; and, as such, is a crucial text in the development of early feminist video.

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