On Wildness by Icaro February 02, 2022 0 News, Screenings

On Wildness
Screening with Barbara Hammer, Cherry Kino e Lynne Sachs
Curated by Margarida Mendes

Opening: February 9th
Sessions between Tuesday – Saturday at 6 pm

Honouring the work of Barbara Hammer as seminal to generations of artists, this session celebrates erotic freedom in communion with nature through the hands of multiple filmmakers. The examples of ‘tactile cinema’ here presented, investigate personal narratives and close up visions of the elemental pluriverse that surrounds their cameras, through an auto-ethnographic gaze that is disclosed in intimate portraits. With the playful curiousity of experimental cinematography, that has its origins in animation, light and focus games, the films gathered appeal to the spectator’s synesthesia, opening doors to humour and ecosexual desire. In a shift of perspectives characteristic of Hammer’s cinema, that is as audaciously revealing as it is disconcerting, sensorial hierarchies and worldviews are undone.


Garden of Polymitas
by Cherry Kino
2014, 10min, Super8 film on video

A Month of Single Frames
by Lynne Sachs with Barbara Hammer
2019, 14min, 16mm film on video

Women I Love
by Barbara Hammer
Courtesy of the Hammer Estate and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
1976, 22:39 min, 16 mm film on video


Margarida Mendes’ research explores the overlap between infrastructure, ecology, experimental film and sound practices – investigating environmental transformations and their impact on societal structures and cultural production. She has curated several exhibitions and was part of the curatorial team of the 11th Liverpool Biennale (2021); the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial (2018); and the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016). She consults for Sciaena environmental NGO working on marine policy and deep-sea mining and has co-directed several educational platforms, such as escuelita, an informal school at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo – CA2M, Madrid and the ecological research platform The World In Which We Occur/Matter in Flux. Between 2009-2015, Mendes directed The Barber Shop, a project space in Lisbon dedicated to transdisciplinary research. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London.