Saved by Isis

Andrea Ward

1992, 05:00 minutes, colour


Saved by Isis is a video that was made in response to IISSS, the International Institute of Semiotic and Structural Studies Conference. The video is about women and academia, memory, dreams and superhero fantasy. A degenerated image of walking shoes - slow heavy and ponderous - loops until it disintegrates. Over this powerful image and booming footsteps the artist tells three poignant stories; the first is about attending her father's lectures as a child, the second is about the women scholars who spoke at the IISSS conference and finally, the artist recalls a dream where she approaches the podium herself. This dream turns nightmare in a crowed lecture theatre as she nears the podium to speak. Only a superhero could save her now.

Written by - Frances Isaacs

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