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Penny Slinger: Exorcisms
October 20th, 2020 – October 25th, 2020

Fillip and The Cinematheque are pleased to present Penny Slinger: Exorcisms, a virtual screening series focusing on the film work of artist Penny Slinger.

October 20–25, 2020

Online Film Screenings
Series Information

October 24 (Saturday) 2pm PDT

Live Streamed Conversation with Penny Slinger Moderated by Jaleh Mansoor
RSVP Required

Artist Penny Slinger emerged from the London art scene of the early 1970s with a point of view that stood completely apart from—and actively challenged—prevailing social norms and established artistic approaches. Grounded in a tradition of surrealism, Slinger developed a multi-faceted practice in which film became both a medium and a method to explore connections between eroticism, mysticism, and the female unconscious in bold and confrontational ways that reoriented existing body politics.

For this series, Slinger’s rarely screened early experimental film works are supplemented by two films she made with Welsh filmmaker Jane Arden (1927–82)— Vibration (1975) and The Other Side of the Underneath (1972). Arden, a friend and collaborator of Slinger, created work that was firmly grounded in second-wave feminism, experimental theater, and the anti-psychiatry movement of the 1960s. Her controversial film _The Other Side of the Underneath_—the only British feature from the 1970s solely directed by a woman—emerged out of Holocaust, a radical feminist theater group founded by Arden, of which Slinger was a member.

The series concludes with a presentation of Out of the Shadows (2017), a recent documentary that tracks Slinger’s life and practice, from her time at the Chelsea College of Arts and her early collaborations with then partner Peter Whitehead, patron Sir Roland Penrose, and friend Suzanka Fraey; to the impact and importance of her monumental book works 50% The Visible Woman (1971) and An Exorcism (1977); to the events that led to her thirty-year disappearance from the art world in 1982.

Film Program
Online October 20–25, 2020
  • Lilford Hall (Penny Slinger and Peter Whitehead, 1969)
  • Free Screening!
  • Vibration (Jane Arden and Jack Bond, 1975)
  • Free Screening!
About the Artist

Penny Slinger is a Los Angeles-based artist working across many mediums, including collage, photography, drawing, sculpture, and video. She is the author of numerous publications including An Exorcism (1977), Mountain Ecstasy (1978), and Sexual Secrets (1979), and has exhibited her work internationally for over fifty years.

Recent exhibitions include Inside Out, Fortnight Institute, New York (2018); Sex Work, Blum & Poe, Frieze London (2017); Visible Women, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK (2018); Feminist Avant-garde of the 1970s from the Sammlung Verbund Collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle (2015); and Angels of Anarchy, Manchester Art Gallery (2009); among many more. Slinger is represented by Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, and Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.

 
  • This program would not have been possible without the help and support of Nicoletta Beyer. Special thanks also to the British Film Institute, Blum & Poe, Jack Bond, and Penny Slinger.
  • Penny Slinger: Exorcisms is presented as part of Art Book Month organized by the Vancouver Art Book Fair.
Event History
2020
  1. Penny Slinger: Exorcisms
  2. E.S.P.: New Mineral Collective
  3. Means of Production: Sound, Silence, and Process with Guillermo Galindo & Raven Chacon
  4. Online Screening: Postmodern Times
  5. Means of Production: Community and the Work of Unworking with Am Johal
2019
  1. Means of Production: (In)consequential Thinking with Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross
  2. E.S.P.: BeDevil
  3. Launch: Supplement 5: Mr. Peanut Summit
  4. E.S.P.: Ecologies
  5. Reading Group: Rebecca La Marre in Conversation with Tiziana La Melia
  6. Reading Group: The Culture Game with Patrick Cruz
  7. David Reinfurt: A *New* Program for Graphic Design
  8. E.S.P.: Visible Language Workshop
  9. Means of Production: Value Systems with Sarah Williams
  10. Stagelessness with Grupa o.k.
  11. E.S.P.: Visual Fields
2018
  1. Means of Production: On the Difficult with Jaclyn Bruneau
  2. Means of Production: Living as an Artist with Eli Bornowsky
  3. Means of Production: W.A.G.E. with Andrea Fraser
  4. Kandis WIlliams: Reproduction is Not a Metaphor
  5. Andrea Fraser: Museums, Money and Politics
  6. Means of Production: How to Make a Book with Steidl
  7. Means of Production: Photography as Tool with Winfried Heininger
  8. Listening Group: VWAM
  9. Means of Production: Research with Mercedes Eng
  10. Means of Production: Criticism with Steffanie Ling
  11. Reading Group: A History of Resistance with Grace Ndiritu
  12. Means of Production: Printing with Brick Press
  13. Reading Group: On Kathy Acker
  14. Chris Kraus on Kathy Acker
2017
  1. Reading Group: Nathan Crompton on Utopias
  2. Reading Group: Antonia Pinter
  3. Listening Group: The Red Krayola
  4. Supplement Launch: Berlin
  5. V-Girls: The Question of Manet's Olympia
  6. Hotel Theory Reader: Vancouver Launch
2016
  1. Reading Group: Zanna Gilbert
  2. Mr. Peanut Summit
  3. Reading Group: Grant Arnold
  4. Reading Group: Martine Syms
2015
  1. John C. Welchman: Joseph Kosuth's The Second Investigation in Vancouver
  2. SWARM XVI: Fillip, Punk 'til You Punk
  3. Eternal Network
2014
  1. Fillip Office Open House!
  2. Fillip 19 Launch and Screening
2013
  1. Slide Shows at X Marks the Bökship
  2. Institutions by Arists Launch at Et al.
  3. Intangible Economies at Artists Space
2012
  1. Institutions by Artists
  2. Intangible Economies at Art Berlin Contemporary
  3. Sumi Ink Club
  4. Grouper: Sleep
  5. Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder
  6. Fillip 16: Berlin Launch
  7. Fillip 16: Toronto Launch
  8. Pa/per View Art Book Fair
  9. It's a Book, It's a Stage, It's a Public Place
  10. Destroy All Monsters Screening
  11. Fillip at ARCO Experts Forum
2011
  1. Intangible Economies
  2. Quiz Night
  3. David Horvitz: Room 129
  4. Recent Publications
  5. Of Times Recent and Distant
  6. Secondary Information: The Persistence and Absence of Criticism
2010
  1. The AAAARG Library
  2. Everything is Dangerous
  3. Fillip 12 Now Available
  4. Unter dem Motto
  5. International Chilliwack Biennial
  6. Motto Storefront: Ooga Booga
  7. Motto Storefront: Working Format
  8. Motto Storefront: Metahaven
  9. Motto Storefront: Oscar Tuazon
  10. Motto Storefront: Andjeas Ejiksson
  11. Motto Storefront: Avalanche Launch and Screening
  12. Motto Storefront: Rob Giampietro
  13. Motto Storefront: Stuart Bailey
  14. Motto Storefront
  15. John C. Welchman on Paul McCarthy’s Pirate Project
  16. David Horvitz Artist Talk
  17. Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers and Traducing Ruddle
  18. Getting Something Into One's Head
2009
  1. Autogestion Book Launch
  2. Fillip Library and Reading Room Launch
  3. Fillip Summer Sale
  4. Corinn Gerber of Passenger Books
  5. Stockholm and Berlin Launches
  6. David Horvitz of ASDF
  7. Montréal Launch and Collaboration
  8. Issue Nine Vancouver Launch
  9. Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
  10. Fillip Review Panel: February 2009
2008
  1. Vancouver Launch of Two Artist Multiples
  2. The Apartment Inhabits the Fillip Studio
  3. Nick Thurston of Information as Material
  4. Rotterdam Dialogues: The Critics
  5. Fillip Review Panel: October 2008
  6. Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister
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