New review: Barbara Hammer at Tate Modern


“It’s pretty hard not to fall in love with Barbara Hammer,” says Sophie Mayer in her review of Hammer’s retrospective in Tate Modern, ending 26 February.

I think many of those who attended any of 15 film programmes screened so far would agree: especially the lucky ones (myself included) who witnessed artist at work, pushing her revolving projector platform around Tate Modern Turbine Hall on 5 February, forcing the audience out of their seats and making us follow the literally moving images all over the place.

As we blogged before, introducing the season, Tate became home for groundbreaking video art – by both Hammer and representatives of the new generation of queer artists influenced and inspired by her – for the whole month of February.

Read Sophie’s review here or, if you happen to be in London next weekend (24-26 February), come to Tate Modern to catch the last glimpse of Active Cinema yourself!

Photo credit:

Barbara Hammer

Sync Touch, 1981

© Barbara Hammer