June 21, 2012 film screening and conversation
3 filmmakers + 3 bodies + 3 performers = identities on both sides of the camera
Deirdre Logue, Lysanne Thibodeau, Farheen Haq
For all 3 the self and the camera are the opening images in a dialogue that is still developing. Each filmmaker has her own physical and material viewpoint, ritual and performance: it is fabric for Farheen Haq, memory for Lysanne Thibodeau and repetition for Deirdre Logue. Each direct “the gaze” revealing attitudes and images of the body and perform “projections of anxieties” showing resistance and ambiguities of the body. Haq films herself wrapped in fabric and water suggesting purification and initiation of the body. Thibodeau films are documents of her experiences laden with hopes for what might have been and fears for the present moment. Logue crams her films with the tension of discomforts and humiliations inside and outside of the body. They work not with autobiography or narrative but with the self as subject, as self-interest, producing self-made films that work within a self-representational discourse.
still from Patch by Deidre Logue (photo credit Deidre Logue)
The camera is a glass box a mirror an apparatus in severance to the gesture and gesticulation of the body.