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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster - Portfolio

Originally from New York City, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is The Willa Cather Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska. Foster is a film and video artist and author of many volumes on experimental film, women filmmakers, and LGBTQ+ cinema. Her documentary on women film directors, "The Women Who Made the Movies," is distributed by Women Make Movies.

Foster's work has screened at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Collective for Living Cinema (NYC), MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Outfest (LA), Bi Arts Festival (Toronto), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Films de Femmes (Créteil), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Forum Yokohama (Japan), Studio 44 (Stockholm), BWA Contemporary Art Museum (Poland), Filmhuis Cavia (Amsterdam), nGKB gallery (Berlin), Engauge Film Festival (Seattle), LACDA (LA Center for Digital Art), WUFF (Canada) and galleries, museums and film festivals around the world. Foster's complete films and videos are archived at the UCLA Film & Television Archives.

Artist Statement:

As a queer feminist marxist artist of détournement, my work explores the aesthetic space between film & video through collage and abstraction techniques. I often create my films from found materials, combining elements of Surrealism, eco-feminism, punk, queerness, romantic structuralism, and chance editing (automatism). Chance is my favorite collaborator. I compose the music and soundscapes for most of my films, which have been described as surreal, contemplative, and hypnotic. ―Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Contents of this portfolio copyright © 2016 - 2020 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.

  1. Film for Barbara Hammer

    "A poem of love, empathy, warmth, sensuality, creativity, eroticism, and female wisdom; a film for Barbara Hammer and for all creative women. A film for LGBTQ+ love and all sorts of love"―Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada, May 31 - June 1, 2019.

    Barbara Hammer 1939 - 2019. One of the greatest of film poets and a champion for LGBT+ rights and LGBT+ filmmakers and artists. Goodbye Barbara!

    It wasn't enough for Barbara to teach us how to live more authentically as queer artists, she also taught us how to die with dignity. Watch Barbara's lecture, on The Art of Dying or (Palliative Art Making in the Age of Anxiety) Oct 10, 2018 at the Whitney Museum:

    Barbara Hammer's "Exit Interview" in The New Yorker:

    Here is an early interview I did with Barbara Hammer in the 1990s:

    --Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    "Film for Barbara Hammer" is made from materials in the Public Domain, or material released under a Creative Commons CC0 license.

    "Film for Barbara Hammer"― by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2016 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.

  2. Transience

    Time based video installation. A meditation on the ephemeral nature of life. Man, running on a treadmill, going nowhere and everywhere.

    Painting with video & film. Hand-collaged multiple superimpositions, refilmed, baked and abstracted layers.

    "Transience" is created from recycled and repurposed images and sound in the Public Domain, or material released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.

    "Transience" ― Music and video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.

  3. Hot Rod Auto Races

    "Structuralism meets romanticism,'Hot Rod Auto Races' gently recalls Bruce Baillie's poetic joie d'esprit, 'All My Life' (1966); a classic experimental film.

    I found this clip and first planned on using it in a collage or an abstract. Slowed down considerably, I found it disarming and poetic, so I decided not to abstract it further. I love the grain and scratches and the aesthetic 'look' of black and white film from a lost era. The 'stepped' slow motion seemingly captures still vintage photographs in motion; 'digital found paintings' of another era stitched together as a 'living structuralist poem,' more than a traditional film.

    Most of all I am enchanted by the facial gestures and body language of the two boys as they go from forlorn and defeated to relieved and jubilant in such a relatively brief time. It aptly demonstrates that after the darkest time always comes the sweetest joy."―Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    With many thanks for all the inspiration to Bruce Baillie and the many inspirational avant garde & experimental filmmakers many of who create work from found footage.

    "Hot Rod Auto Races" is a joie d'esprit made from found materials and music in the Public Domain, or released under a Creative Commons CC0 license.

    Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.

  4. Obey / Follow (Silent Version)

    Obey / Follow (Silent Version) Slow minimalist cinema. Post-structuralist political statement and détournement of a vintage instructional film.

    School children emerge slowly from a classroom during an air raid preparedness drill - circa early 1950s - demonstrating a culture, not unlike the present, that fosters fear, alarm, sadness, and a frightening level of conformity; a society marching towards apocalypse, with frightened children pushed to the brink.

    There is a strong level of awareness and performativity in the facial expressions of the children. They are well aware that a camera is recording them, yet their faces betray a wide array of strong emotions; from anger to boredom to fear. The children behave as prisoners; prisoners of "freedom."

    Sound version of “Obey / Follow”:

    This film is made from materials in the Public Domain, or released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.

    "Obey / Follow" (Silent Version) is a video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.

  5. Delta of Venus

    A queer Dadaist collage and feminist détournement for Anaïs Nin, French bisexual poet and author of erotica for women.

    On the subject of penning female erotica Anaïs Nin wrote, “I had a feeling that Pandora's box contained the mysteries of woman's sensuality, so different from a man's and for which man's language was so inadequate. The language of sex had yet to be invented. The language of the senses was yet to be explored.”

    “I want my eroticism mixed with love. And deep love one does not often experience. Only the united beat of sex and the heart can create ecstasy.”― Anaïs Nin, author of "Delta of Venus."

    "Delta of Venus," Video and music by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    “Delta of Venus" is a détournement from found materials in the Public Domain, or released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.

    "Delta of Venus," Music and video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.

  6. Making Women Great Again

    "Making Women Great Again" honors all who marched in the Women's Marches, particularly in DC, on January, 21, 2017 and all the international Women's Marches..

    "Making Women Great Again" is a film that appears to menstruate: a détournement of a retrograde images from the past. We must not go backwards. The women's movement must move forwards.

    Women are dismantling retrograde sexism, stigma and standing together as one. We will no longer be silenced about workplace harassment and inequality. This is a film for all women and minority groups who are attacked, bullied and oppressed under the current occupation. "Making Women Great Again" honors all the survivors who are coming forth and finally being heard and believed. A film that bleeds. —by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, queer bisexual feminist punk détournement artist.

    Included in the Directed by Women Film Festival 2017, curated by Barbara O'Leary. A festival of over 10,000 films directed by women. See Directed by Women Channel at Directed by Women Film Viewing Possibilities

    "A sexual revolution begins with the emancipation of women, who are the chief victims of patriarchy, and also with the ending of homosexual oppression."—Kate Millett

    "The soul of our politics is the commitment to ending domination." — from 'Feminism Is for Everybody,' by bell hooks.

    "I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves." — from 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,' by Mary Wollstonecraft.

    "All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception. — from 'The Second Sex,' by Simone de Beauvoir.

    See also "Making Gender Great Again Again"

    "Making Women Great Again" is a détournement of a Public Domain newsreel clip from the 1950s - recycled, refashioned, and repurposed.

    "Making Women Great Again"― by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.