House of Science: A Museum of False Facts

Join LOMAA for a screening of works by US filmmakers Lynne Sachs and Gunvor Nelson. This screening is presented in partnership with The ARTS Project. Both films are presented on 16mm.

Admission by donation – suggestion of 3$ – 5$ (no one is turned away)

House of Science: A Museum of False Facts, Lynne Sachs, USA, 1991. colour 30 minutes

“Offering a new feminized film form, this piece explores both art and science’s representation of women, combining home movies, personal remembrances, staged scenes and found footage into an intricate visual and aural college. A girl’s sometimes difficult coming of age rituals are recast into¬†a potent web for affirmation and growth.” (SF Cinematheque)

“Throughout ‘The House of Science’ an image of a woman, her brain revealed, is a leitmotif. It suggests that the mind/body split so characteristic of Western thought is particularly troubling for women, who may feel themselves moving between the territories of the film’s title -house, science, and museum, or private, public and idealized space – without wholly inhabiting any of them. This film explores society’s representation and conceptualization of women through home movies, personal reminiscences, staged scenes, found footage and voice. Sachs’ personal memories recall the sense of her body being divided, whether into sexual and functional territories, or ‘the body of the body’ and ‘the body of the mind.'” (Kathy Geritz, Pacific Film Archive)

Preceded by –

Schmeerguntz, Gunvor Nelson & Dorothy Wiley, USA, 1966. B&W 15 minutes

“SCHMEERGUNTZ is one long raucous belch in the face of the American Home. A society which hides its animal functions beneath a shiny public surface deserves to have such films as SCHMEERGUNTZ shown everywhere – in every PTA, every Rotary Club, every club in the land. For it is brash enough, brazen enough and funny enough to purge the soul of every harried American married woman.” – Ernest Callenbach, Film Quarterly

Lynne Sachs makes films, installations, performances and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, she searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with each and every new project.

Gunvor Nelson studied at University College of Art, Craft and Design (1950-51) and at Beckmans College of Design (1952-53), both in Stockholm. Moved to the USA in 1953 and studied at Humboldt State College (1954-57), San Francisco Arts Institute (1957) and Mills College in Oakland (1957-58). She graduated with an MFA in painting. At the Institute she met Robert Nelson whom she married in 1958. Film debut with Schmeerguntz in 1965, co-made with Dorothy Wiley. Teaching positions at San Francisco State University 1969-70 and San Francisco Art Institute 1970-1992. Moved back to Sweden in 1993 and began creating new work in video and installation. Numerous major awards and grants, most recently the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s Grand Award (2006).

The ARTS Project is a non-profit art gallery, theatre and studio space for artists. Our mission is to bring arts and culture to the downtown core and to the wider City of London. We do this by providing the space and the means for emerging and developing artists to do their work while also providing a venue for the public to see their work.

LOMAA is an emerging, enthusiastic and devoted non-profit artist-run collective that fosters collaboration, investigation and innovation by tapping into the talent and serving the needs of media artists in the London region.

LOMAA would like to thank London Arts Council for their support of this program, as well as the Ontario Arts Council for their continued support.

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