The Male Gaze with Shawna Dempsey and Lisa Wood

  • Thursday, June 16, 2016
  • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • The Royal Canadian Legion, 227 McDermot Ave

“The Male Gaze” is a term we are all familiar with, but where does it come from? Go to the source with this so-called seminal essay by Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” (1971) and read until your eyes bleed (it is fabulous, but also fabulously dense.) And then check out an updated take on Mulvey, with Anneke Smelik’s “Lara Croft, Kill Bill, and the Battle for Theory in Feminist Film Studies”. Have women finally become filmic subjects? At what cost?

Shawna Dempsey and Lisa Wood work together at MAWA where they spend many lunch hours discussing theory, feminism and art.


Free! All are welcome!

  • Artist and MAWA Co-ED Shawna Dempsey has mentored for MAWA, Video Pool and Crossing Communities. She has also taught mentoring workshops for Visual Arts Ontario, Visual Arts Nova Scotia and CARFAC Saskatchewan, among others.

  • Lisa Wood is a figurative-based artist whose practice encompasses painting, drawing, collage, installation and photography. In the last 5 years, she has been creating paintings and drawings based on time-lapse photography of people at social occasions involving food and drink. She is interested in surveillance technology, the body and eating in relation to social psychology. Wood is an Assistant Professor at Brandon University in the Department of Visual and Aboriginal Art. She is a graduate of the Foundation Mentorship Program.