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Queer Moving Images

Queer Moving Images and the Fragility and Temporality of Their Existence - Curatorial and artistic issues on moving images in a queer context

Director of Research: Anna Linder

Participant: Ingrid Ryberg Ph.D. (2012), Stockholm University, Section for Cinema Studies.

Website: www.annalinder.com


The aim of this study is to investigate queer and feminist moving images, a film culture that is often rendered invisible in, and written out of, contexts such as film history, archives and exhibitions. The scholars intend to study the alternative fora for showing these images, via curators, creative organisers, distributors, archives and the general public, also investigating ways of reaching out to a wider range of people. The project aims to contribute to increasing the availability of the films by means of curatorial practice including screenings and the production of DVDs.

Aims, Goals and Methods

This three-year research project is interdisciplinary and involves collaboration between Anna Linder, with her long-standing background in artistic curatorial film praxis, and Ingrid Ryberg, who has previously produced ground-breaking research in film studies. The project aims to enrich artistic research as well as research in the fields of film studies and gender studies.

The study also intends to inspire and be inspired by queer and feminist film culture and its condition of volatility and temporality, as well as by its ethical endeavour towards confidence and respect for those who screen, participate in and watch film. The scholars’ artistic ambitions are rooted in their activist commitment, which aspires to innovative and ground-breaking methods of carrying out artistic research.

By means of artistically reflective film-making, which will result in three films, the scholars will investigate queer and feminist film-making in practice. The project will contribute new knowledge about queer and feminist film practice, its creative processes and methods as well as its distribution and audience. The project is also an important contribution to our cultural heritage, through its manifestation of an otherwise marginalised culture.

Questions at issue

Three basic questions are addressed in depth in this project:
a) What does queer and feminist film culture look like, how is it organised, through which networks and channels?

b) Which approaches, methods and forms of aesthetic expression are used by queer and feminist film creators to investigate and express queer experience?
c) How does queer and feminist film construct communities and subjectivities?

These three questions constitute a shared basis for the two scholars in their implementation of two detailed studies focusing on separate empirical materials: the archives and the distribution of queer and feminist experimental film internationally, and Swedish queer and feminist film culture focusing on two productions in particular, Bögjävlar (1977) and Eva & Maria (1983).

Public Appearances

Parallel to their sub-projects, the two scholars will be organising shared screenings, with related audience work in the form of colloquies and workshops for theoretical and methodological reflection, to which various participants active in the field will be invited. Three artistic queer film productions, two queer short films and a queer short documentary film will be made during the project period.
 During the final period of the project, the researchers will publicise their materials in the form of texts, première screenings of the new films and the digital publication (DVD) of a selection of international queer and feminist experimental films. Research will include study trips, interviews and documentation.


The project is being made possible and supported by a number of collaborations including screenings, talks and public activities. The Section for Cinema Studies at Stockholm University and Valand Academy in Gothenburg will constitute important platforms for the project.


Related news and events

Spermwhore at Images Festival, Toronto

The film Spermwhore by Anna Linder had it's North American Premiere at Images Festival in Toronto on 17th April, 2016. On April 18, Linder took part in a talk with artist and art critic Roy Dib from Beirut. The talk was titled 'Is This Desire? About representation of sexuality under restrictive laws and polyamorous binds.' Read more here.

'Spermwhore' premiers at Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR)

Anna Linder's short film 'Spermwhore', produced at Valand Academy, will be screened at IFFR 2016. 'Spermwhore' is a queer experimental film about unwanted childlessness in a world where normative heterosexual relationships dictate who can become parents and in what way.
Read more here

Queer Experimentalism: The Angel Cycle by Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki, Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2015

For the first time the works of Maria Klonaris and Katerina Thomadaki are presented for a Swedish audience. Klonaris/Thomadaki who both have Greek origins have been working in Paris since the mid-70s. Together, they became known as the first female double auteur artists in the world and they co-signed their work for forty years. They have been leading figures of the French experimental film scene since the late 70s when they also introduced the concept Cinéma Corporel (cinema of the body). In their work they investigate the subversive body, the feminine and androgynous identity, sexuality and the unconscious. Since 1976, they have been working on body as language and in 1977 they published the ”Manifesto for a Radical Femininity, for Another Cinema”. This leads them to work with theories and ideas related to gender and identity. 1985 begins the long-standing and ongoing work on The Angel Cycle out of which four pieces will be shown during the film festival. Through their film language, they create a spatial poetry that affects the physical. The cyclic patterns and the sometimes bombastic, repetitive pulse gives a sense of bodily consciousness in the viewer.
Read more here and download program brochure here.

Queer Film Week at Valand Academy 18-23 MAY 2015

The Queer film week at Valand Academy consisted of a curated programme with films by Barbara Hammer, Liz Rosenfeld, Gina Carducci. The event also included a presentation by Barbara Hammer on May 21, 2015 and a workshop from 22-24 May, 2015. Please view the links below for more information:
Queer experimentell filmfestival med Barbara Hammer (in Swedish)
Queer Film Week at Valand Academy
Download program brochure

Contact Information

Anna Linder, researcher

Page Manager: Anna Frisk |Last update: 5/26/2016

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