Auto Italia, London, 03 December 2011 — 11 December 2011
Cinenova, Germaine Dulac, Joanna Davis, Cheryl Edwards, Su Friederich, Alice Guy, Althea Greenan, Leah Gilliam, Sarah Gibson, Women’s Independent Cinema House, Zeinabu Irene Davis, Tina Keane, Huw Lemmey, Martine Lumbroso, Susan Lambert, Zoe Leonard, Tanya Mahboob Syed, Annabel Nicolson, Sally Potter, Lis Rhodes, Catherine Saalfield, Kerstin Schroedinger and Nina Wakeford
Bodies Assembling, 2011. Courtesy of the artists.

Auto Italia in collaboration with Cinenova present Bodies Assembling, a series of screenings and workshops featuring moving image work selected by invited artists and activists.

Bodies Assembling strives to facilitate multiple readings or viewings of historical works from a current perspective, screening older film and video works from Cinenova’s collection alongside recent artistic and filmmaking practices. The construction of a temporary cinematic site at Auto Italia’s space will allow a discourse to develop that builds new relationships and knowledge.

Engaging with Auto Italia and Cinenova both as organisations but also as active communities of artists, the programme will express a range of diverse viewpoints on the struggles and feminisms present in the material distributed by Cinenova. Bodies Assembling encourages discussion, collaborative practice and alternative approaches to the production and distribution of culture through film and video work. Cinenova is the only women’s film distributor in Europe tracing a feminist film history from the early 20th Century. It is a charitable organisation currently run voluntarily by the Cinenova Working Group.

Bodies Assembling acts as a forum to consider the contemporary legacy of the film and video work distributed by Cinenova reflecting on the similarities and differences of filmmaking and its various economic and political contexts.


Day 1 Take Up, Direct Action, Acting Up, and Lift
03 Dec 2011, 19:00 — 21:00

Althea Greenan the curator of the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths screens five films about activism, street actions and filmmaking.

Day 2 Life, Love and HIV
04 Dec 2011, 16:00 — 18:00

Emma Hedditch and Melissa Castagnetto from the Cinenova Working Group shares a series of films focusing on HIV.

Day 3 Material Interventions
08 Dec 2011, 19:30 — 21:30

In this workshop participants learn how to operate a 16mm film projector presented by artist Kerstin Schroedinger.

Day 4 Her Image Fades as Her Voice Rises
09 Dec 2011, 19:30 — 21:30

In this event we share the first four films acquired by Circles distribution which later became Cinenova.

Day 5 Workshop on “Several films, one of which is potentially tedious”
11 Dec 2011

Huw Lemmey and Nina Wakeford present a selection of films highlighting the political context of the 1980s.