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Pools, 1981

16 mm film on video

"Pools is a pictorially and technically impressive sampling of spectacular swimming pools at W. R. Hearst's San Simeon and manages to validate itself from within, or at least within its own frame of identification." — Richard T. Jameson

"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

Barbara Hammer, Pools, 1981, transferred 16mm film, color, sound (with Barbara Klutins), 9 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Pools, 1981, transferred 16mm film, color, sound (with Barbara Klutins), 9 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Pools, 1981, transferred 16mm film, color, sound (with Barbara Klutins), 9 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Pools, 1981, transferred 16mm film, color, sound (with Barbara Klutins), 9 min, 7 + 2AP

16 mm film on video, color, sound (with Barbara Klutins), 9 min, 7 + 2AP

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Estate of Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer was born in Hollywood in 1939. Her documentary and experimental films are considered among the earliest and most extensive representations of lesbian identity, love, and sexuality. Accompanying her career as a filmmaker, Hammer has time and again worked with performance and installation. She has participated in group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial in 1993, the WACK! show at MOCA L.A. and MoMA PS1 in 2007/2008. With film retrospectives at New York’s MoMA in 2010 and the Tate Modern, London, in 2012, the artworld's interest in Hammer's work has recently increased. Hammer has been a teacher for many years and held a professorship at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee (CH). She died in 2019.



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