Formally rigorous, Light Reading is a visual and aural essay on gender and perception that implicates the viewer in their act of looking. Through meticulous attention to the material of film itself we see glimpses of a photograph and torn images, we hear repeated and fragmented sentences, are continuously asked to look and look again as the auditorium is lit and simultaneously made two-dimensional by the film‚Äôs insistent, arresting strobing.
Lis Rhodes has been at the forefront of British experimental filmmaking since the early 1970s. She studied at the North East London Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. A strong formal aesthetic has been developed in her films, reflecting her involvement with the debates and practice which emerged from the London Filmmakers' Co-operative, where she was Cinema Curator 1975-6.
Early 'expanded' works such as Light Music (1975) fused performance and multi-screen projection with an exploration of the visual qualities of sound. Her analysis of broader political and social questions can be traced to her later films, which combine formal rigour with a passionate critique of issues from nuclear power to domestic violence. As an active campaigner for women's rights, Rhodes was a founder member of Circles, the first women's artist film and video (1979) and was an Arts Advisor to the Greater London Council between 1982 and 1985. She lives and works in London and teaches at Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London.
Lis Rhodes Light Reading 1979 ¬© courtesy of the artist / LUX