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Looking at Listening: Films on Women and Experimental Music

Screening and panel discussion featuring filmmaker Sophia Feuer and the short documentary, Space Lady, created with Sundance Collab  

Friday, May 6, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
The Block Museum of Art

Looking at Listening is a program of short documentary films organized around the themes of electronic music, archival retrieval, and audiovisual experimentation. These four films extend the inquiries into the legacy of women in electronic music beyond the figures most often highlighted while experimenting with the audiovisual presentation of archival material, and proposing new ways of relating the history of music and musical practice.

The screenings will include a live performance by electronic musician Natalie Chami (TALsounds) followed by a panel discussion with Chami and filmmakers Emily Eddy and Sophia Feuer, moderated by guest curator and NU Screen Cultures Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Smart.

Presented with support from MA in Sound Arts and Industries at Northwestern University.

Space Lady (Sophia Feuer, US, 2020, 17 minutes) recovers the life and music of Susan Dietrich Schneider aka the Space Lady, a former street performer who has been belatedly recognized for her contributions to the history of electronic music. Focusing on her present day life in Colorado the film provides a blunt and poignant look into the reality of artistic life.

Feuer’s film discusses how film can be a creative and therapeutic medium for processing unresolved issues related to trauma.