Breaking the Frame

  • Wed Nov 19
Breaking the Frame

with filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska & performance artist Carolee Schneemann in person

Marielle Nitoslawska

A poetic documentary portrait of New York artist Carolee Schneemann. A pioneer of performance and body art as well as avant-garde cinema, Schneemann has been breaking the frames of the art world for five decades, in a variety of mediums, challenging assumptions of feminism, gender, sexuality, and identity. The film captures Schneemann in her own words, images and reflections, at work, at home, in the studio, and interweaves extensive film excerpts from her groundbreaking film work in both super 8 and 16mm such as Fuses (1967); Kitch’s Last Meal (1973-76), with documentation of performances including Meat Joy (1964); Interior Scroll (1975) and more recent museum commissions and exhibitions. By highlighting the sheen of photographic prints, the fibres of diary pages and the gloss of wet paint, Breaking The Frame provides a textured mise-en-scene that resonates with Schneemann’s corporeal focus. The visual composition is complemented by a soundtrack featuring the music of composer James Tenney. Tenney was Schneemann’s companion and collaborator for many years, and the two remained close friends until his death in 2006.

Cosponsored with Science & Technology Studies; Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies


BluRay color
1 hour 40 minutes
release year/country
2012 Canada