Light Music: Lis Rhodes at the Ann Arbor Art Center

Liz Rhodes | Light Music


Special presentation at the Ann Arbor Art Center

Friday, March 18, at 3:00 pm


As part of a community partnership with the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival we will be hosting this special presentation on Friday, March 18 – 3:00 pm.

This is a free event. Join us!

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A very special presentation of Light Music (1975/1977) an expanded cinema work for two 16mm projectors and sound system by British artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes (b.1942).

In this groundbreaking work, Rhodes plays with our preconception of film by presenting the soundtrack as a series of horizontal and vertical lines that were drawn with pen and ink on the optical edge of the filmstrip. These are projected onto two opposite facing screens in a hazy room. As the films roll, they appear as an ‘optical soundtrack’. What the viewer hears, on the other hand, is the audible equivalent of the alternating images on the screens. The space between the two screens turns the beams into airy sculptural forms consisting of light, shadow and smoke, which encourages the viewer to move around the room. This in turns destroys conventional film watching codes and turns the film into a collective practice where the audience is expected to intervene into the work and thus, become the performer. This work was the artist’s reaction to what she perceives as a lack of interest and appreciation of European women composers. Thus in Light Music, Lis Rhodes interweaves cinematic practices with a range of topics from gender politics to phenomenological experience. –Deren Erelçin
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. The 54th AAFF takes place March 15 – 20, 2016 and presents over 200 films, videos and performances from more than 20 countries with dozens of U.S., N. American and world premieres. For more info: aafilmfest.org
Use this code – AAFF54_AAAC – when buying online tickets for a discount on the program admission!
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