Sunday 10.11.19 / 19:00 (7 PM) / Husets Biograf

Barbara Hammer was known as one of the pioneers of lesbian films, and as a tribute to the person and filmmaker, we will be screening a retrospective of her best films from the 70’s and 80’s.

Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) was an avant garde filmmaker, she is regarded as one of the pioneers of lesbian films and renowned for creating films about lesbian life and sexuality. In this retrospective, we’ll be screening some of her best works, where she explores gay sexuality, identity and history, especially inspired by the the second wave of feminism. In the 1970’s Hammer came out as a lesbian after leaving her husband, and that is also when her films became radically more experimental and she started exploring lesbian filmmaking. We’ll be focusing on her films from the 70’s and 80’s where her films primarily delt with lesbian subject, and she became known as a lesbian filmmaker.


Barbara Hammer / 4 min. / USA / 1974

“A popular lesbian ‘commercial,’ 110 images of sensual touching montages in A, B, C, D rolls of ‘kinaesthetic’ editing.” — Barbara Hammer

Superdyke Meets Madam X

Barbara Hammer & Max Almy / 21 min. / USA / 1976

“Winner of the Louise Riskin Prize at the 1976 San Francisco Art Festival, Superdyke Meets Madame X documents the Barbara Hammer’s relationship with Max Almy on a reel-to-reel ¾” videotape recorder and microphone. This was Hammer’s first foray into recording with the Sony Portapak and was produced as part of a skill swap with Almy.” – Electronic Arts Intermix’s website


Barbara Hammer & Barbara Klutinis / 6 min. / USA / 1981

“In co-making Pools with Barbara Klutinis I wanted to bring an experiential and physiological sense of the body to the members of the audience watching the film, shot in the swimming pools designed by the first woman architect to graduate from the School of Beaux Arts in Paris, Julia Morgan. I want the viewers to have the experience of swimming in architectural space for two reasons. First and foremost, I want to activate my audience, I want them to come alive, not be passive through watching cinema, and then to extend that ‘aliveness’ into their lives through conscious expansive living and responsible politics. The second reason I swam and filmed in those pools was to break a taboo. No visitors are allowed to swim in these gorgeous examples of Morgan’s work. At least by getting permission to swim there myself with an underwater camera I could extend through vision this extraordinary physical experience.” — Barbara Hammer

Double Strength

Barbara Hammer / 15 min. / USA / 1978

“A poetic study of the stages of a lesbian relationship by two women performance artists from honeymoon, through struggle, to break-up, to enduring friendship. Starring Terry Sendgraff on trapeze.” — Barbara Hammer

Would You Like to Meet Your Neighbor? A New York Subway Tape

Barbara Hammer / 13 min. / USA / 1985

“Would You Like to Meet Your Neighbor? A New York City Subway Tape finds Barbara Hammer (wearing a mask made of subway maps) conducting gonzo interviews with subway riders on desire and sexuality.” – Electronic Arts Intermix’s website

No No Nooky T.V.

Barbara Hammer / 12 min. / USA / 1987

“Using a 16mm Bolex and Amiga computer, Hammer creates a witty and stunning film about how women view their sexuality versus the way male images of women and sex are perceived. The impact of technology on sexuality and emotion and the sensual self is explored through computer language juxtaposed with everyday colloquial language of sex. No No Nooky T.V. confronts the feminist controversy around sexuality with electronic language, pixels and interface. Even the monitor is eroticized in this film/video hybrid that pokes fun at romance, sexuality, and love in our post-industrial age.” – Electronic Arts Intermix’s website


All films in the program Barbara Hammer Retrospective have english dialogue or subtitles