Rebalancing the Picture-Sound Relationship: the Audiovisual Compositions of Lis Rhodes

Mollaghan, Aimee (2017) Rebalancing the Picture-Sound Relationship: the Audiovisual Compositions of Lis Rhodes. In: Rogers, Holly and Barham, Jeremy (eds). The Music and Sound of Experimental Film. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 205-218. ISBN 0190469897

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This chapter explores how British experimental filmmaker Lis Rhodes subverts the hegemonic relationship between sound and image across her body of moving image work in order to highlight and address inequitable power structures and the absence of the female voice in music and society. This is achieved on a material level by translating the optical soundtrack into visual presentations in her direct animation Dresden Dynamo (1971–72) and within an expanded, performative context in her audiovisual composition Light Music (1975). Further to this, Rhodes’s later films, Light Reading (1978) and A Cold Draft (1988), continue to rebalance the audiovisual relationship by giving countenance to the female voice, acousmatized from the images presented on screen.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lis Rhodes, London Film Makers’ Co-operative, expanded cinema, optical sound, experimental film, structural/material film, direct animation, the female voice, Light Music, Dresden Dynamo, British film
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Media
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2017 09:48

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