Feminist love praxis, lyric impulses: a lyric for bell hooks w/ Dr Nobunye Levin
This talk is a lyric for bell hooks realised through a citational practice that reveals how hooks’ work and writing on love informed Nobunye Levin’s film, SpilLover (2021). SpilLover is a fragmentary cine-poem of relational film fragments focused on different women’s lives, and assembled in dialogue with various films, songs and written texts about love, that refuses the innocence of love towards love as a “practice of freedom” (hooks, 2006) for feminist love praxis.
In the talk, Levin will think and feel in and through SpilLover in citational dialogue with hooks’ writing to produce a lyrical tribute to both hooks and her work.
Dr Nobunye Levin is a filmmaker, scholar and lecturer. Nobunye’s filmmaking practice and research is concerned with the politics of aesthetics and decolonial feminist and anti-racist thought and practice as it relates to and is realised through film praxis. Her work is informed by the epistemic, poetic and political possibilities of cinematic experimentation. She is preoccupied with feeling and thinking in, and through, film practice to produce politically affective cinematic experiences.
Nobunye completed a practice-based PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is a lecturer in the Film and Television department in the School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. Nobunye is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in decolonising screen worlds in the ERC-funded Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies project, situated at SOAS University of London.