Mirrored Identities: The Self as Multiple
Join us at the FMC Screening Room (475 Park Avenue South, 6th Floor) on Saturday, May 13th, at 1pm, for a fascinating program of films examining the mutability of human identity through doubling, fracture, and dissolution, curated by Julia Curl!
The Surrealist movement reimagined the body as multiple: through gender play and an exploration of the uncanny, its early avant-garde artists engaged in a deliberate fracturing and recomposition of the self. Multiple exposure, mirrors, and creative framing methods provided new tools for destabilizing the viewer and provoking a conception of the individual not rooted in a unified, singular “ideal.”
This selection of films follows in that legacy — some overtly inspired by it, some not — and examines the mutability of human identity through doubling, fracture, and dissolution.
- Hans Richter, Film Study (1926, black and white, sound, 4 minutes)
- Sara-Kathryn Arledge, Introspection (1946, color, sound, 6.5 minutes)
- Maya Deren, Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, black and white, sound, 14 minutes)
- Tom Chomont, Phases of the Moon (1968, color, silent, 4 minutes)
- Edward Owens, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts (1966, color, silent, 6 minutes)
- Maria Lassnig, Self Portrait (1973, color, sound, 4.5 minutes)
- Gregory Anthon, Rhythm & Form: Grey Area III (1987, color, sound, 5 minutes)
- Rosalind Schneider, Parallax (1973, B&W, sound, 21 minutes)
Total Run Time: 65 minutes.