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Saturday, July 9 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Queer Eye for the Male Gaze (NEW TIME)

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A comic and critical examination of the visual grammar behind the “normative” male gaze in Western media— with an eye to recognizing, dismantling and re-purposing it for female and queer narratives and audiences.

The camera’s “eye” is neither neutral nor objective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in Western film, television, comics and commercial photography, that authorial eye has been almost exclusively trained on the agency-less female body, for the benefit and consumption of male, hetero-normative desire. This is what Mulvey referred to in her seminal work, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, as the Male Gaze. In this lecture, writer/filmmaker Lilah Vandenburgh takes on the notion of sexual gaze, and using visual examples, argues it’s not inherently a bad thing, showing how it’s conveyed through an intersection of film grammar and audience participation. She’ll examine the default ways western film grammar has codified and reinforced male gaze in film, TV and print media, especially in regards to audience point of view and identification, power roles, sex and objectification, reinforcing status quo and systems of authority. She’ll also take a look at counter-narratives and novel examples where gaze breaks down or is cleverly co-opted by women and LGBTQIA+ storytellers to create a new visual-desire paradigm. Finally she’ll speak of the future of gaze, entreating the audience to explore how to further push and elevate the non-normative gaze in their own storytelling and the media they consume.

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Lilah Vandenburgh

Lilah Vandenburgh has a BsC in film directing from Boston University and an MFA in film directing from Columbia University. She is writer/director of the multi-award winning short BITCH and has worked as a film editor, and a music video director for Black Dog/RSA. She recently co-wrote... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Del Mar II