Bent Time (1984)
Bent Time is an ambitious visual trek across the US, from the
Golden Gate to the Brooklyn Bridge with many stops between. Inspired by
the scientific speculation that time might bend in a similar way to
light rays curving at the periphery of the universe, Hammer ‘s
optically printed, single- frame film attempts to simulate the concept
of bent time. The multifaceted and influential composer, Pauline
Oliveros, scored the film.
Barbara Hammer is a pioneering and prolific visual artist, who has been
making experimental films and videos — often including the female and
lesbian body — since the 1970s. Her 1970’s films often dealt with taboo
subjects, such as menstruation, female orgasm, and lesbian sexuality.
By the 1980’s Hammer used optical printing in her work to explore the
perception and fragility of 16mm film itself.