Leslie Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series
THIS IS NOT A DREAM: Queer and Alternative Artists Talking Back to TV
Film Screening and Q&A with Gavin Butt The event will open with a screening of part one of the 2013 film “This Is Not A Dream” directed by Gavin Butt and Ben Walters, followed by a talk and Q&A. Butt will also discuss his collaboration with London-based performer Dickie Beau, who is also featured in the film According to Butt, the film “focuses on how the video revolution of the 1970s offered unprecedented access to the moving image for artists and performers, and shows the continued impact of this revolution on contemporary art and performance.” Butt explains that the film “charts a path across four decades of avant-garde experiment and radical escapism. It traces the influences of Andy Warhol, John Waters and Jack Smith to the perverted frontiers of YouTube and Chatroulette, taking in subverted talk shows and soap operas, streetwalker fashions and glittery magic penises along the way.” Butt is Professor and Head of the Visual Cultures and Performance Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK where his work focuses on performance studies, queer studies, and visual culture.