Screening and Book Launch | Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told

6 December 2019

CCA Cinema
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Lis Rhodes, From Light Music, 1975–77. Courtesy the artist and LUX

Lis Rhodes is an artist who takes words seriously, whether spoken, on the page or on the screen. Telling Invents Told draws together texts and images from across a career committed to unpicking the power relations of language. The book provides a rich inventory of texts written for a range of purposes: to accompany film images, to question established histories and advocate for the women left out of them, and, in extracts from her recent visual essay Journal of Disbelief, to call out injustices in all of their many forms. This indispensable volume offers a valuable opportunity to appreciate the inventiveness of Rhodes’ writing and its vital role in understanding her art.”

Dr. Lucy Reynolds, University of Westminster, London

A screening selected and introduced by artist, curator and writer Lucy Reynolds, part one of a two-part book launch in Glasgow of Telling Invents Told, the first collection of writings by artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes, published by The Visible Press earlier this year.

Since the 1970s, Rhodes has been making radical and experimental work that challenges hegemonic narratives and the power structures of language. Her writing addresses urgent political issues, as well as film history and theory, from a feminist perspective.

Copies of Telling Invents Told will be available to purchase for £20 (regular price £22)


Lis Rhodes, Notes From Light Music, 1975 – 77. 16mm transferred to video, 12 min

Lis Rhodes, Pictures on Pink Paper, 1982. 16mm transferred to video, 35 min

Lis Rhodes, Hang on A Minute/​No 8 Bus, 1983. 16mm transferred to video, 1 min

Lis Rhodes, Orifso, 1999. SD video, 12 min

Lis Rhodes, Riff, 2004. SD video, 18 min

Programme duration: 78 mins + introduction by Lucy Reynolds

The second part of this book launch takes place at Good Press on Saturday 7 December. Join Maria Palacios Cruz (LUX/​The Visible Press), Lucy Reynolds and artists Corin Sworn and Sarah Forrest for an afternoon of live readings from this new book.


This event will take place in the cinema at CCA. The Cinema is on a level access floor with two doors. The first door is a sliding door which is 117cm /​46 inches wide, the interior cinema door is 90cm /​35.5 inches wide and opens outwards towards the cafe. The cinema has raked seating, with removable seats for wheelchair spaces. Additional seats, up to a full row, can be removed from the Cinema to create wheelchair spaces, with advance notice. There is one step for each row of seating, each 15cm /​5.8 inches in height, with the front rows at ground level. There is a hearing loop in the Cinema. The best area for receiving this is in the centre of the seating rows. The hearing loop is connected to the audio feed for the film, and for presentations using a microphone. You can download the CCA’s access guide here.

Lucy Reynolds

Lucy Reynolds has lectured and published extensively, most particularly focused on questions of the moving image, feminism, political space and collective practice. Her articles have appeared in a range of journals such as Afterall, Screen, Screendance, Art Agenda and Millennium Film Journal, and she has curated exhibitions and film programmes for a range of institutions nationally and internationally.

As an artist, her films and installations have been presented in galleries and cinemas internationally, and her ongoing sound work A Feminist Chorus has been heard at the Glasgow International Festival, Wysing Arts Centre, The Showroom and The Grand Action Cinema, Paris.

She is Senior Lecturer and deputy director of the Centre for Research in Art and Media (CREAM) in the School of Arts at the University of Westminster, and co-editor of the Moving Image Review and Art Journal.