‘Rebalancing the Picture/Sound Relationship: the Audiovisual Compositions of Lis Rhodes’

Aimee Mollaghan

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    This chapter explores how experimental filmmaker Lis Rhodes subverts the hegemonic relationship between sound and image across her body of moving image work in order to highlight and address inequitable power structures and the absence of the female voice in music and society. This is achieved on a material level by translating the optical soundtrack into visual presentations in her direct animation Dresden Dynamo (1971-2) and within an expanded, performative context in her audiovisual composition Light Music (1975). Further to this, Rhodes’ later films, Light Reading (1978) and A Cold Draft (1988), continue to rebalance the audiovisual relationship by giving countenance to the female voice, acousmatised from the images presented on screen.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Music and Sound of Experimental Film
    EditorsHolly Rodgers, Jeremy Barham
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages336
    ISBN (Print)9780190469900
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2017


    • Lis Rhodes
    • LMFC
    • expanded cinema
    • optical sound
    • experimental film
    • structural/material film
    • direct animation
    • the female voice
    • Light Music
    • Dresden Dynamo


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