12 – 14 March 2015
UKS & Cinemateket

The Pleasure and Politics of Looking: Film, Gender and Aesthetics

VENUE: UKS, Kristian Augusts gate 15 & CINEMATEKET
Thursday 12 March – Saturday 14 March 2015

UKS is pleased to open up our space for the seminar “The Pleasure and Politics of Looking: Film, Gender and Aesthetics” – an international four-day event taking place on 12-15 March 2015, in Oslo. This interdisciplinary event is a collaboration between UKS, Cinemateket, the University of Oslo and Wuxia editor with an ambition to connect the fields of film, art, and academia.

The conference and extended film program are organized and curated by Sara Eliassen (artist/filmmaker, Oslo), Maria Moseng (PhD research fellow, University of Oslo, and Wuxia editor), Sara Orning (lecturer and researcher, University of Oslo), and Sara R. Yazdani (PhD research fellow, University of Oslo, and art critic).

Events taking place at the UKS include a one-day conference Friday, March 13th, as well as film screenings and artist talks Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th. Cinemateket will host a screening program.

The conference and film screenings at UKS are free but registration is required for the conference (includes lunch and coffee/tea). To register please send an email to pleasure.politics@gmail.com by 10 March.

“The Politics and Pleasure of Looking” is a conference with an extended film program that aims to re-think how desire, intimacy, gender and politics are manifested in contemporary film arts. How does the medium of film create subjects who look, desire and identify in certain ways? How and when is our gaze on film gendered? And what roles do aesthetics, media and technology play in such a process?

The event is supported by NFI Filmkulturelle tiltak, Fritt Ord, Imag(in)ing Technologies at the Department of Media and Communications, University of Oslo, and the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo. Venues: UKS and Cinemateket.

(Cinemateket screening program to be found here)


UKS Conference
09.00-09.30 Coffee

09.30-09.45 Welcome

09.45-11.00 Patricia White (Professor, Swarthmore College): The Horizon of Women’s Cinema

11.00-11.15 BREAK

11.15-12.15 Screening: A Blank Slate + conversation with Sara Eliassen and Patricia White

12.15-13.15 LUNCH

13.15-14.00 Susanne Winterling, (Professor, The Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo) in conversation: Biodiversity as a Guide: on Political and Aesthetic Questions of Abandoning the Nature/Culture Divide

14.00-15.00 Gary Needham (Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University): Cruising: Another Way of Looking

15.00-15.20 BREAK

15.20-16.20 Knut Åsdam: title TBA

16.30-17.15 Roundtable conversation

17.15-18.00 RECEPTION



UKS Artist talks and Screenings
12.00 Dirty Young Loose, Lene Berg (2013),

Artist talk with Lene Berg and Gary Needham

13.00 Olympic Variations, Michel Auder (1984)

Artist talk with Michel Auder and Gary Needham

14.00 Abyss, Knut Åsdam (2010)

14.45 Lovely Andrea, Hito Steyerl (2007)

15.15 Scorpio Rising, Kenneth Anger (1963)

15.45 Secret screening (melodrama/ plastic figures/ disaster)


UKS Screenings
Dirty Young Loose, Lene Berg (2013) 32 min

Abyss, Knut Åsdam (2010) 43 min

Olympic Variations, Michel Auder (1984) 25 min

Lovely Andrea, Hito Steyerl (2007) 30 min

Scorpio Rising, Kenneth Anger (1963) 28 min

Secret screening (melodrama/ plastic figures/ disaster) 43 min

The films will be screened at 12 – 5 pm, following the order above.

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