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.