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A space in-between


A space in-between #1: A is for Avant-Garde, Z is for Zero

A space in-between #1
A is for Avant-Garde, Z is for Zero
April — May 2020

Cooper Gallery's detour in the space in-between where we find ourselves, somewhere between life as it was and the world to come, begins by sharing reading, listening and screening material related to and featured in our currently postponed exhibition A is for Avant-Garde, Z is for Zero: Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen, compiled with generous support and solidarity from all the extraordinary minds involved.

These materials are kindly hosted below after the project end as an continued resource, with kind permission of Laura Mulvey, Leslie Dick and exhibition co-curators Oliver Fuke and Nicolas Helm-Grovas.


Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti

In 1982, Mulvey and Wollen curated an exhibition of Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti’s work at the Whitechapel Gallery. This hugely influential exhibition provided the subject for Mulvey and Wollen’s documentary Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (1983), which offers a powerful assessment of both artists’ lives and work.

Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen, Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti, 1983
Colour 16mm transferred to digital. Duration 28'55
Streaming Courtesy BFI

A digital re-edit of an iconic film fragment focusing on the performance and gesture of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe, made by Laura Mulvey. The short video examines representational power, the significance of the performed gesture and the temporal affects of deferred meaning.

Laura Mulvey, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (remix remixed), 2013
Video. Duration 4'32
Courtesy the artist

GentlemenPreferBlondes[ ... read more in Laura Mulvey Death 24x a Second excerpt ]


To stream audio click buttons below




Additional reading material will be added throughout the duration of the programme.

Writing by Laura Mulvey

LM Hollywood Cinema and Feminist Theory (1998)[ ... read more in Hollywood Cinema and Feminist Theory (1998) ]



[ ... read more in Looking at the Past from the Present (1970) ]


Writing by Peter Wollen

ThinkingTheory_greentext_2[ ... read more in Thinking Theory (1988)‌ ]



[ ... read more in Knight's Moves (2002)‌ ]


Laura and Peter Time Out Interview (1977)


Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen Interviewed on Penthesilea (1974)


Textual Riddles An Interview with Laura Mulvey (1979)

An Interview with Peter Wollen and Laura Mulvey on Riddles of the Sphinx (1979)


The Moving Front A conversation between Anne Friedberg and Peter Wollen (1984)

Further Reading


Laura Mulvey Changes Thoughts across 40 Years of Feminism (2019)


Alex Hetherington review



Emma Hedditch and Laura Mulvey, 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' (2006) was screened on this page from 8–26 April 2020 as part of the project A space in-between. With special thanks to the artists.

The gallery exhibition is curated by Oliver Fuke and Nicolas Helm-Grovas in association with Cooper Gallery DJCAD, University of Dundee.

Past Events

Signs Meanings Riddles: Film into Poetry

Online Workshop led by Jane Goldman
Thursday 7 May, 5–7pm
Thursday 28 May, 5–7pm

Screening & In-conversation | Riddles of the Sphinx
Laura Mulvey
 and Margaret Salmon (online)
Thursday 21 May, 4–7pm

Cooper Gallery would like to thank

Faysal Abdullah, Leslie Dick, Jane Goldman, Emma Hedditch, Mark Lewis, John McCann, Margaret Salmon, Laura Mulvey, Kerry Tribe and exhibition co-curators Oliver Fuke and Nicolas Helm-Grovas. 

Stay safe.