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Night School: Feminist Filmmaking

February 27, 2020

6pm - 9pm EST

In this lecture we explored the ways in which society makes and consumes video, film and media through a critical feminist lens. Who has been privileged to be the spectator, who has been subjected to the viewed and how does that impact how the viewer sees the world around them?

Rebecca Watson focused mainly on Laura Mulvey’s (feminist film theorist) theory of the “Male Gaze” which describes the ways in which the female body is often represented as the passive object for the active view and consumption. We discussed how the “Male Gaze” has been the default setting through which most modern media has been experienced and consumed by all viewers through analyzing a range of historic films as well as the responses from female film makers to this theory. We also discussed the impact and legacies of the “Male Gaze” still felt today and how we can consciously apply this theory to the content we create. 


Rebecca Watson is an artist and art history student using a feminist and queer perspective to explore the intersection of themes such as sexuality, surveillance, religion, and digital realities. Watson’s work — both written and in within her arts practice — aims to challenge oppressive, patriarchal systems through education and awareness. Rebecca is currently a Masters of Art History candidate at Carleton University and is a graduate from Nipissing University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

This was a free event for DARC members and members of the arts community at large. 

About The Loop

The Loop is a space of collaboration & experimental learning fueled by Digital Arts Resource Centre (DARC), located in Ottawa, Ontario. The Loop predominantly functions as a collaborative, co-working space for DARC members. The Loop also presents experimental workshops, collaborative-freeform education and development opportunities, artist residencies, community access lectures, technical demonstrations and much more for those working and experimenting in the field of media arts. The Loop wants to raise a new generation of media artists who are curiously vulnerable, collaborative and weird.