Substitutes At The Old Operating Theatre

Film Screening selected by Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe


Film Screening selected by Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe 18.05.2016

Part Of A Partition
Curated By Rebecca Lewin
Wednesday 18th May, 8pm promptly

The Old Operating Theatre is situated inside the Museum & Herb Garrett.
Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett
9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

Substitutes, selected by Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe, brings together a selection of film, video and performance which describes the technological production of the human body. These diverse and varying works deal with prosthesis, amputation, discipline and corporeal education. They are self-consciously concerned with the transmission of form and the creation of a body specific to their media and machinery. This programme places Martha Rosler’s examination of the effect of social, scientific and political institutions on the production of the female body, next to a section of a 1980s educational video and contrasts them with Ben Watson's recent recording of Stuart Calton's poem Blepharospasms. In this arrangement there is no natural or benign human form but fragments of different versions of the mediated body, none more true than any other.

Running order:

Blepharospasms, 2016 (Stuart Calton / Ben Watson) 20mins
Excerpt from ‘Beckman Oral Motor Patterns’, c.1975 (Debra Beckman) 7mins
Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained, 1977 (Martha Rosler) 40mins

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Photography by Chiara Dalla Rosa

The Elephant Trust

With thanks to Chisenhale Gallery