Optical Nerves

Optical Nerves consists of the optically printed masterworks and animations in the 1980s and 90s of Barbara Hammer. The fragility of the 16mm film medium, the pollution of light, and the demise of the filmmaker are explored in Optic Nerve (‘95) and Endangered (‘88) and featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennials. Place Mattes (‘87), Parisian Blinds (‘84), and Tourist (’84) are animations that investigate the nature of spectator perception by tourists and travelers.

The website of visual artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer. View clips, read synopses and information about the films, and purchase DVDs.