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Films by Nathalie Magnan

sweetSixteen | 02/23/2019 , 20:15

The HMKV is showing a film programme in the Schauburg and sweetSixteen cinemas in Dortmund in the context of the exhibition Computer Grrrls. Admission is free.

Gringo in Mañanaland
1995 | 61:00 Min.
Donna Haraway Reads "The National Geographic" on Primates
1987 | 28:45 Min.
High-Tech Baby Making: North and South: An Investigation of New Reproductive Technologies
1994 | 28:00 Min.

Welcome and introduction: Darija Simunovic

Nathalie Magnan (1956-2016) was a French media theorist, LGBT activist, cyberfeminist, and film director. In 1984 she was a co-organiser of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. She studied at the University of California Santa Cruz where she also worked as an assistant to Donna Haraway. In 2002 she translated and published Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto in French. She co-moderated the nettime-fr mailing list and invented Sailing for geeks, which combines computer technology and the rigorous logic of sailing. Since 1998 she was professor at the École nationale supérieure d'art in Dijon; since 2007 professor at the École nationale supérieure d'art in Bourges. http://nathaliemagnan.net/

The exhibition Computer Grrrls is dedicated to Nathalie Magnan.

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Gringo in Mañanaland (together with DeeDee Halleck, 1995, 61:00 Min.)
Since the turn of the century, popular media in the U.S. have promoted a stereotyped image of Latin America in order to justify the concept of U.S. dominance in the hemisphere. The Gringo in Mañanaland uses travelogues, dramatic films, industrial films, newsreels, military footage, geographical textbook illustrations, and political cartoons to take a detailed look at United States media representations of Latin America. (Video Data Bank web site)

Donna Haraway Reads "The National Geographic" on Primates (Paper Tiger TV, 1987, 28:45 Min.)
How does the "cultured" gorilla, i.e. Koko, come to represent universal man? Author and cultural critic Donna Haraway untangles the web of meanings, tracing what gets to count as nature, for whom and when, and how much it costs to produce nature at a particular moment in history for a particular group of people. A feminist journey through the anthropological junglescape. Haraway is a leading thinker about people's love and hate relationship with machines. Her ideas have sparked an explosion of debate in areas as diverse as primatology, philosophy, and developmental biology. She is the author of "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century"(1991),"Crystals, Fabrics, and Fields: Metaphors of Organicism in Twentieth-Century Developmental Biology"(1976), "Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science" (1989), "Simians, Cyborgs, and Women : The Reinvention of Nature (1991), and Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium. FemaleMan©Meets_OncoMouse™ (1997).

High-Tech Baby Making: North and South: An Investigation of New Reproductive Technologies (Kathy High & Harriet Hirshorn, mit Unterstützung von Nathalie Magnan und Mont Marsa, Deep Dish TV, 1994, 28:00 Min.)
Deep Dish TV has produced a series entitled „Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired" about women and their health care. Deep Dish TV is a not-for-profit media organization based in New York which provides a national satellite network linking producers and programmers, independent videomakers, activists and people who support the idea and reality of a progressive television network. Deep Dish TV assembles material from producers around the world and transmits it to community television stations and home dish owners.
Kathy High and Harriet Hirshorn (USA) with assistance from Nathalie Magnan (France) and Mont Marsa (Spain) co-produced a program for Deep Dish TV about reproductive rights and new technologies, High-Tech Baby Making: North and South: An Investigation of New Reproductive Technologies. This half hour program includes videotapes from countries such as India (excerpts from Something Like A War by Deepa Dhanraj), Japan, Mexico, France, Germany (Excerpts from ... And Other Spurts by Miriam Quinte and Juliane Gissler) which examine how different reproductive issues are dealt with in countries north, south, east and west. The program brings together multiple voices from different parts of the globe to ask questions about new reproductive technologies and women's rights from an international perspective. Issues discussed include the eugenic selections of sperm banks, the emphasis of fertility and stigma of infertility, and the wide use of contraceptive experimental procedures. Interviews were conducted with sociologists, scientists, influential doctors, cultural critics as well as women who have received treatments.

Immermannstraße 29
44147 Dortmund

The Computer Grrrls film programme runs from 19 January to 23 February, always during prime time on Saturday evening, with free admission, with films by Shu Lea Chang, Manu Luksch, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Nathalie Magnan (to whom the Computer Grrrls exhibition is dedicated).

Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Funder HMKV: Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity