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Screening & Artist's Response | Riddles of the Sphinx

* Event Postponed *

To keep our communities and friends safe and well, and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have come to the decision to postpone the exhibition and all events until further notice.


Screening | Riddles of the Sphinx
Artist's Response by Margaret Salmon

Wednesday 15 April, 6–8pm

As part of events programme for A is for Avant-Garde, Z is for Zero, Cooper Gallery present a screening of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen's 1977 landmark film in British Avant-Garde and experimental feminist filmmaking with response by filmmaker Margaret Salmon.

This event is free, open to all and unticketed.

About the film
Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen's second collaborative film, Riddles of the Sphinx, addresses the position of women in patriarchy through the prism of psychoanalysis. The film draws on the critical writings and investigations by both filmmakers into the codes of narrative cinema, and offers an alternative formal structure through which to consider the images and meanings of female representation in film. The narrative's protagonist, is represented through a fragmented use of imagery and dialogue, in an attempt to break down the conventional narrative structures of framing and filming used to objectify and fetishise women in mainstream cinema.

Screening: Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen, Riddles of the Sphinx, 1977
Colour, 92mins. Courtesy British Film Institute.

Artist Biography

Margaret Salmon (b. 1975, New York) lives and works in Glasgow. Concerned with a shifting constellation of relations, such as those between camera and subject, human and animal, or autobiography and ethnography, Margaret Salmon’s films often examine the gendered, emotive dynamics of social interactions and representational forms. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at institutions including DCA (2018/19), Tramway (2018) Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (2015); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA (2011); Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2007); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007) and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2006). Her work has been featured in film festivals and major international survey exhibitions, including the Berlin Biennale (2010) and Venice Biennale (2007) London Film Festival (2018, 2016, 2014). Salmon won the inaugural MaxMara Art Prize for Women in 2006, was shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2018 and the 2019 Margaret Tait Award. A new 35mm film and photographic works will be featured in GI 2020.


Venue Information

Cooper Gallery
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

University of Dundee
13 Perth Road
Dundee DD1 4HT

The gallery is on two floors. First floor has ramped access and disabled toilet.

Second floor is accessible via lift and for wheelchair access via a stairclimber.
Screening is on second floor.

For access enquiries please contact

Image credit: Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, Riddles of the Sphinx (film still), 1977. Image courtesy the artists and BFI.