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Screening & In-conversation | Riddles of the Sphinx Laura Mulvey and Margaret Salmon

16:00 on 21 May 2020

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Cooper Gallery is delighted to present an online event focusing on Riddles of the Sphinx (1977), Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s 1977 landmark of British Avant-Garde and experimental feminist filmmaking. The heart of the event will be a screening of Riddles of the Sphinx, bracketed by an artist’s response from filmmaker Margaret Salmon and a live in-conversation between Laura Mulvey and Margaret Salmon with Q&A. This event takes place within the online programme A is for Avant-Garde, Z is for Zero and is part of Cooper Gallery’s ongoing project A space in-between.

Tickets can be ordered via Eventive. The ticket price is £2 and covers the cost of the live stream.
For those attending the screening event who can, please consider donating to the equivalent cost of a theatrical ticket to support Dundee Women’s Aid.

Artist’s response by Margaret Salmon
Screening Riddles of the Sphinx
Laura Mulvey & Margaret Salmon in-conversation + Q&A

About the film
Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s second collaborative film, Riddles of the Sphinx, addresses the position of women in patriarchy through the prism of psychoanalysis. The film draws on the critical writings and investigations by both filmmakers into the codes of narrative cinema, and offers an alternative formal structure through which to consider the images and meanings of female representation in film. The narrative’s protagonist, is represented through a fragmented use of imagery and dialogue, in an attempt to break down the conventional narrative structures of framing and filming used to objectify and fetishise women in mainstream cinema.

Screening: Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen, Riddles of the Sphinx, 1977
Colour, 92mins. Courtesy British Film Institute.


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Riddles of the Sphinx, 1977. Courtesy British Film Institute

Riddles of the Sphinx, 1977. Courtesy British Film Institute