Category: Telling Invents Told

Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told

The Visible Press is pleased to announce our new book Telling Invents Told by British artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes.

Telling Invents Told is the first collection of writings by Lis Rhodes. It includes the influential essay Whose History? alongside texts from works such as Light Reading, Pictures on Pink Paper and A Cold Draft, together with new and previously unpublished materials. Since the 1970s, Rhodes has been making radical and experimental work that challenges hegemonic narratives and the power structures of language. Her writing addresses urgent political issues – from the refugee crisis to workers’ rights, police brutality, racial discrimination and homelessness – as well as film history and theory, from a feminist perspective. An important figure at the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, Rhodes was also a founding member of Circles, the first British distributor of film, video and performance by women artists.

Lis Rhodes’ early films and expanded cinema works include Dresden Dynamo (1971), Light Music (1975-77), and Light Reading (1978). These, and more recent works in video and digital, have featured in solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, the ICA, and are currently on display in the solo exhibition Dissident Lines at Nottingham Contemporary (25 May – 1 September 2019).

Telling Invents Told is edited by María Palacios Cruz, co-founder of The Visible Press and deputy director of LUX. Details of events that will celebrate its publication will be announced soon.

For more information, and to pre-order the book please see the product page in The Visible Press online shop.

 

Rhodes Filmography

Filmography of Lis Rhodes

Dresden Dynamo, 1971-72, 5 min
Amanuensis, 1973, 8 min
Rumour Shock for the Lab.R., 1974, circa 10 hours (with Ian Kerr)
Print Slip, 1975, 10 min
Rip It Up, 1975, 8 min
Light Music (No. 1 and No. 2), 1975, 14 min
Light Music, 1975-77, 25 min
Bwlhaictke, 1976, circa 18 hours (with Ian Kerr)
Cut A X, 1976, circa 18-20 hours (with Ian Kerr)
Notes from Light Music, 1976, 15 min
Notes from Light Music, 1976/2014, 12 min
Light Music, 1976, 25 min
Light Reading, 1978, 20 min
Pictures on Pink Paper, 1982, 35 min
Hang on a Minute, 1983-85, 13 × 1 min (with Jo Davis)
A Cold Draft, 1988, 28 min
Deadline, 1991, 28 min
Just About Now, 1993, 22 min
Running Light, 1996, 13 min
Orifso, 1999, 14 min
Riff, 2005, 18 min
STILL, 2008, 22 min
In the Kettle, 2010-12, 20 min
Dissonance and Disturbance, 2012, 27 min
Journal of Disbelief, 2000-16, 84 min

Lis Rhodes’ films and videos are distributed by LUX (London), Cinenova (London) and Lightcone (Paris).

Lis Rhodes Events

Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told

Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told will be celebrated at many events beginning in June 2019. This listing will be updated as events are confirmed.

May
25
Sat
2019
Lis Rhodes: Dissident Lines @ Nottingham Contemporary
May 25 – Sep 1 all-day

Lis Rhodes: Dissident Lines

Lis Rhodes is a pioneer of experimental filmmaking and a major figure in the history of artists working with film in Britain. Enabled by the Freelands Award 2017, Dissident Lines is Rhodes’ first-ever survey, and will span almost 50 years of work. Significantly, this is the first time that Nottingham Contemporary has ever dedicated all of its galleries to a retrospective. The exhibition will span Rhodes’ entire career, from iconic pieces such as Dresden Dynamo and Light Music to a specially commissioned new work.

Lis Rhodes has an unusually multifaceted practice, important not only as an artist, but also as a pioneering film programmer, campaigner for women’s rights and an influential educator. Her practice crosses into installation, sound art, performance and writing. She was a foundational member of Circles, a feminist film and video distribution network in the UK, and one of the early members of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op. She also taught at the Slade from 1978, influencing many generations of artists.

Rhodes has made a number of iconic pieces, such as her early film installation Light Music (1975-77), which was an innovative experiment in light and sound, presented originally as a performance. Rhodes made her first film while still a student at the North East London Polytechnic. Dresden Dynamo (1971) is a short 16mm film made without a camera by fixing Letratone stickers to film. She has described it as ‘visual abstraction’, ‘an attempt to make a material connection between what is seen and what is heard.’

Rhodes’ works since the 1990s have been responsive to unfolding geopolitical events. These films are potent and provocative critiques of a range of issues, from women’s rights, domestic violence to nuclear power, from migrant labour to surveillance (Orifso, 1999). More recently, In the Kettle (2012) cuts between the bombing of the Gaza Strip in 2009 to contemporaneous protests in London. Rather than comprising separate projects, Rhodes has seen these works as belonging to a single enquiry.

Lis Rhodes’ book Telling Invents Told, is now available to order from The Visible Press. A book launch, featuring Lis Rhodes in discussion with artist Aura Satz will take place at Nottingham Contemporay on Saturday 6 July 2019, at 5pm.

Jul
2
Tue
2019
Lis Rhodes Reading Group @ LUX
Jul 2 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 16 @ 9:00 pm

Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told – Reading Group

Lucy Reynolds will lead a reading group on and around the writings of artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes on the occasion of the publication of the anthology Telling Invents Told and of Rhodes’ major exhibition Dissident Lines at Nottingham Contemporary. Each session will focus on a selection of texts by Rhodes and others, with reading material shared in advance with all participants. Members of the reading group will be able to purchase copies of the book for the discounted price of £12.

Tuesdays 2, 9, 16 July 2019, from 6.30pm-9pm
Tea, coffee & other refreshments will be provided

Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told – Reading Group

Lis Rhodes is an artist who takes words seriously, whether spoken, on the page or on the screen. Telling Invents Told draws together texts and images from across a career committed to unpicking the power relations of language. The book provides a rich inventory of texts written for a range of purposes: to accompany film images, to question established histories and advocate for the women left out of them, and, in extracts from her recent visual essay Journal of Disbelief, to call out injustices in all of their many forms. This indispensable volume offers a valuable opportunity to appreciate the inventiveness of Rhodes’ writing and its vital role in understanding her art.”
—- Lucy Reynolds, University of Westminster, London

Lucy Reynolds is an artist, writer and curator interested in the generative power of the spaces, discourses and memories of feminism. She has written extensively on the work of Lis Rhodes. She is Senior Lecturer and deputy director of the Centre for Research in Art and Media (CREAM) in the School of Arts at the University of Westminster, and co-editor of the Moving Image Review and Art Journal.

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Telling Invents Told – Book Launch @ Nottingham Contemporary
Jul 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Telling Invents Told will be launched at Nottingham Contemporary on 6 July 2019 in the context of the major survey exhibition Dissident Lines. Join us for a live reading and in-conversation with Lis Rhodes, Aura Satz and the book’s editor María Palacios Cruz.

Aura Satz is Moving Image Tutor and Reader in Fine Art (Sound and Moving Image) on the Contemporary Art Practice programme at the Royal College of Art. Satz’s practice encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. Her work has been performed, screened and exhibited nationally and internationally, including Tate Modern; Tate Britain; Hayward Gallery; BFI Southbank; Whitechapel Gallery; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Sydney Biennale; Oberhausen Short Film Festival; the Rotterdam Film Festival; the New York Film Festival; and Anthology Film Archives, among others. In 2012, she was shortlisted for the Samsung Art+ Award and the Jarman Award.

Lis Rhodes: Dissident Lines at Nottingham Contemporary, 25 May to 1 September 2019. Lis Rhodes is a pioneer of experimental filmmaking and a major figure in the history of artists working with film in Britain. Enabled by the Freelands Award 2017, Dissident Lines is Rhodes’ first-ever survey, and will span almost 50 years of work. This is the first time that Nottingham Contemporary has ever dedicated all of its galleries to a retrospective. The exhibition will span Rhodes’ entire career, from iconic pieces such as Dresden Dynamo (1971) and Light Music (1975-77) to a specially commissioned new work.