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Stone Circles, 1983

16 mm film on video

Stone Circles is a celebration of ancient pre-patriarchal standing stones, mounds, and circles including Stonehenge and Avesbury.

"In Stone Circles, Hammer really leaves 'nation' as well as 'era' and creates a film poem on the prehistoric stone cultures of Britain. She films dolmens and Druid rock formations, including Stonehenge. An introductory section shows excerpts from books and diagrams which in their way document these stones and explain the stones' origins. Hammer takes the diagrams and playfully animates these scientific 'scale models' by filming colorful arrangements of small stones, clods of dirt, sticks, and grasses. She brings an animism to the subsequent images of the structures themselves, and this animism seems just as valid an approach to the stone formations as the historical/scientific speculations regarding their significance." — Claudia Gorbman, Jump Cut

Barbara Hammer, Stone Circles, 1983, transferred 16mm film, color, sound, 11:05 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Stone Circles, 1983, transferred 16mm film, color, sound, 11:05 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Stone Circles, 1983, transferred 16mm film, color, sound, 11:05 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Stone Circles, 1983, transferred 16mm film, color, sound, 11:05 min, 7 + 2AP
Barbara Hammer, Stone Circles, 1983, transferred 16mm film, color, sound, 11:05 min, 7 + 2AP

16 mm film on video, color, sound, 11:05 min, 7 + 2AP

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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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