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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texts from works such as Light Reading, Pictures on Pink Paper and A Cold Draft, together with new and previously unpublished materials.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
Ambiguous Journeys, 2019, 28 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.

Oct
20
Sun
2019
Lis Rhodes: Light Music & Book Launch @ Tabakalera
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lis Rhodes: Light Music & Book Launch

Lis Rhodes, Light Music, 1975-77, 25 mins
Expanded Cinema performance introduced by María Palacios Cruz

Una sesión entorno al trabajo de la artista y cineasta británica Lis Rhodes a propósito de la publicación de la antología de sus escritos Telling Invents Told editada por María Palacios Cruz (Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola) y publicada por The Visible Press, con una presentación especial de Light Music (Lis Rhodes, 1975-77), obra clave del cine expandido europeo.

En Light Music, Rhodes propone una correlación total entre sonido e imagen: “lo que se ve es lo que escucha”. Obra de gran carácter lúdico y participativo que incluye al público situado entre las dos pantallas de proyección, se trata también de una declaración feminista que pretende subrayar la falta de mujeres dentro del canon de la música clásica europea. A la vez proyección, instalación, performance y concierto, Light Music es una “película” que interroga y expande el lenguaje cinematográfico, así como la relación del cine a las otras artes.

La proyección de Light Music será seguida por una conversación con María Palacios Cruz sobre Lis Rhodes y Telling Invents Told, con lecturas del libro.

Copies of Telling Invents Told will be available for purchase at the event.

Nov
12
Tue
2019
Light Reading: 2 x Lis Rhodes @ UWM Union Cinema
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Light Reading: 2 x Lis Rhodes

Lis Rhodes, Ambiguous Journeys, 2018, 40 mins
Lis Rhodes, Light Reading, 1978, 20 mins

“There is a truth between the fragments / That will not fit but belong together.”

On the occasion of this year’s publication of her collected writings — Telling Invents Told — Experimental Tuesdays at the UWM Union Cinema shares two works from the UK filmmaker Lis Rhodes, a pioneering feminist filmmaker who, since the 1970’s, has engaged and challenged the conventions of film form to unveil, dismantle, and re-write the otherwise sustained power structures of language.

AMBIGUOUS JOURNEYS
Lis Rhodes, 2019, digital, colour, sound, 40 minutes
“In the trap of a neo-liberal economy lives are determined by conditions of increasing inequality and accumulating debt. There is very little protection for someone with little or nothing. Without proof of address, without papers, existence becomes subject to manipulation and debt. Debt as a means of control. The distortions of corporate wealth and cheap labor are made to appear inevitable. There is no ambiguity in the reasonable reasons for the journeys made by many – to escape conditions that are organized, imposed and untenable. War, poverty, and unemployment move people. The danger is — as in Running Light (1996) –of ‘no papers’ – a condition of ‘illegality ’ imposed on a person who can then be deported. Exploitation deepens for those being made or born stateless – ‘a person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law’. A stateless person does not have a nationality or legal protection of any country. This is exploited by a global economy that depends on cheap, expendable labor. There are no sides to emptiness – the ambiguity is in the place of writing – the frozen window – drawn in ice.”  (Lis Rhodes)

LIGHT READING
Lis Rhodes, 1978, 16mm, b/w, sound, 20 minutes

“Rhodes manipulation of, and dexterity with, cinematic techniques is a constant throughout her work. Light Reading is a technical and aesthetic tour de force of rapid fire editing, myriad techniques, and a compelling text which both manipulates and questions language. The constant themes of repression and the price of rebellion are all anchored around the hypnotic elliptical voice.” (Gill Henderson, A Directory of British Film & Video Artists, 1996)

Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema is a free series on most Tuesdays throughout the academic year that shares contemporary and canonical experimental media. Presented by the UWM Union Cinema and the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres.

Dec
7
Sat
2019
Book Launch: Lis Rhodes – Telling Invents Told @ Glasgow Womens Library
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Telling Invents Told is the first collection of writings by artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes. 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, discrimination and homelessness – as well as film history and theory, from a feminist perspective.

Join the book’s editor Maria Palacios Cruz and invited artists (participants to be announced) for an afternoon of live readings from this new book. Copies of Telling Invents Told will be available for purchase at the event.

Dec
12
Thu
2019
Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told @ Tyneside Cinema
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told

Lis Rhodes, Light Reading, 1978, 20 min
Lis Rhodes & Jo Davis, Hang on a Minute, 1983-85, 13 × 1 min (excerpts)
Lis Rhodes, Ambiguous Journeys, 2019, 28 min

An evening of readings and screenings of films and texts by artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes, occasioned by the publication of the first collection of her writings, Telling Invents Told, by The Visible Press.

Rhodes, an important figure at the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative and a founding member of feminist film and video network Circles, has been making radical and experimental work that challenges dominant power structures since the 1970s. Her writing addresses urgent political issues – from the refugee crisis to workers’ rights, police brutality, discrimination and homelessness – as well as film history and theory, from a feminist perspective.

With an introduction by the book’s editor, María Palacios Cruz, and readings by artist Kathryn Elkin and Irene Aristizábal, curator of the recent survey of Lis Rhodes’ work, Dissident Lines, at Nottingham Contemporary.

“Whose history? It is hard to think of a question more central to our moment, or an artist who has posed it more insistently and urgently than Lis Rhodes. Her films comprise one of the most radical rethinkings of experimental film and politics of the last fifty years; they are like flashbulbs, exposing the physiognomies of power in the cracks of everyday experience.” (Mike Sperlinger)

Copies of Telling Invents Told will be available for purchase at the event.