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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, Fall

Aurora, Film Treatment, 1980
Note: Written for Andrew Braunsberg, etc.1TreatmentThe beautiful, black, piercing eye of a falcon ... the swift movement of its proud head ... its beautiful, terrible claws ... gripping leather.Voice off ... "What do you see Wanderer ... no victim today?"The...
Bibliography
The following texts by Peter Whitehead are listed in order of publication. The list of "Selected Further Reading" is arranged alphabetically.FictionNora and ... (London: Brookside, 1990): Paris, May 1968. Raymond Faulkner, an academic scientist, finds...
Burning Passions, Flammable Decade: Cinema, Avant-Garde, Self, and Society in Fire in the Water (1977)
Peter Whitehead's films create paradoxical and yet compelling interfaces between spheres that are typically seen as distinct and even incompatible. In trying to define the essence of his work, Nicole Berenz writes thatThe brilliant work of Peter Lorrimer...
Callanish
The novel The Risen (1994) starts with three experiments that, by an unforeseen or predicted "coincidence," occur at the identical moment in time, but in three apparently different places and contexts. Three experiments, three places, and three people...
Cassation, Film Treatment
Movement within the Stillness of Time ...Treatment for a short Ballet FILM ...based on the short story by Djuna Barnes ...A Dissonant Dialogue between Movement and Stillness ..."GAIA and her Dancing Girl ..."(Not so much a mere "ballet film"- characters...
Cinema and Sovereign Powers: About Daddy- Review, Positif, 1974
I. The Rape"When I start, it seems to me that my picture is on the other side, only covered with this white dust, the canvas." There is a brutal version of Braque's text, "My Picture" in Daddy by Peter Whitehead. Agnès (Niki de Saint Phalle) uses gunshots...
Daddy
Seasoned with Oedipal Sin-Daddy Review, Village Voice, 1973I know there are a great number of people, among them some of my best friends, who live in perfect harmony with their libidos, like a man and his dog. They (the libidos) sit, unleashed, by their...
"Daddy": A Bedtime Story-Daddy Synopsis, 1972
Part 1. Daddy's Little GirlAgnes receives a tele gram. Daddy is dead.She returns to the family château and returns to her past. She finds the coloured story book which she read as a child, and the images in the book provoke memories.How much she loved...
Daddy: The Subversive Potential of an Aesthetic of Masochism (with Original 1974 Notes for Screening)
When I wrote my original notes on Daddy (in 1973 or 1974), I had just recently discovered psychoanalytic theory through a Women's Liberation reading group and was extremely excited by its potential for enabling feminist thought on women's oppression....
Dear Diana- Daddy Film Treatment, 1972
This section presents a series of documents: essays, reviews, treatments, and letters related to Daddy, Whitehead's explosive 1973 collaboration with the sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle. In order to show something of the gestation of the film, the sequence...
Dora, Film Treatment
Treatment for a 90 minute feature film by Peter WhiteheadBased on an analysis by Sigmund FreudPrincipal characters1. Dora. Young, pretty girl between 20- 25.2. Frau Kay. A handsome woman in early 40s.3. The father.4. A young man, good looking, who is...
Dossier: Falcon
This section presents a series of documents that outline Peter Whitehead's career as a falconer in Saudi Arabia. Covering the years 1978 to 1991, they provide an insight into his work with Prince Abdullah bin Nasser in Riyadh and then with Prince Khalid...
Editorial
Framework 52 is a comprehensive two- issue set. Issue 1 covers Peter Whitehead's work through the 1960s. Issue 2 covers Peter Whitehead's work from the early 1970s to the present. Dossiers include archives of his own material and critiques by contemporary...
Going to Pot: On the Endurance of the Earth
Why let yourself go to pot? Lying in a bed in the Leicester heart hospital, eyes blood- shot and glazed, a day after my hectic arrival by ambulance, having survived a 90 minute angiography which should have lasted 15, my heart suffused (through a leg...
In the Beginning Was the Image, before the Beginning Was the Avant- Garde
By virtue of its position-avant, in a montage of texts- should the preface not aspire to be an artifice worthy of being dubbed avant- garde (by the voice of the reader)? A threat rather than an invitation, an attempt to soften up an entrenched enemy,...
Letter to Niki De Saint Phalle, 1974
SHEPHERDS COTTAGE PYTCHLEY KETTERING NORTHANTS13 April 74My dear Niki,It was such a nice phone call earlier today. That means two telephone calls ONE AFTER THE OTHER that were favourable, I think that means that at last we are over the hump. (Don't say...
Memory Material and Material Memory: The Film Archive of Peter Whitehead
A topless boy is climbing on the Eros statue in London's Piccadilly with playful determination. A crowd has gathered and police look on with a mixture of bemusement and concern. The boy is tripping on LSD, but he has also interrupted the controlled flow...
Notes on Daddy, 1973
These notes were written in June 1973. They are published here for the first time.The film Daddy received its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in April 1973. I had made the film in total collaboration with the French sculptress Niki de St....
Novel Extracts
Nora and ... (1990)1Nora and ... was Whitehead's first published novel. It is a Paris- set narrative that unfolds against the backdrop of the 1968 student riots. Within this violent and libidinal context, the repressed research scientist Raymond Faulkner...
Oedipus, King of the Falcons: Dissonant Fragments of a Work in Progress
Part 1Five weeks ago today, Oedipus decided it was time for him to cut his way out of the egg. He pushed his feet against the side of the shell and pushed his head back fiercely, forcing the small hard notch on his beak to break through the shell above...
On Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts
I started making the film after the showing of my Film Retrospective at the Viennale in 2006, for two reasons. Firstly, I was inspired by the level of interactive interrogation with the mostly- young audiences and their clear understanding of the style,...
Peter Whitehead and Niki De Saint Phalle's Daddy (1973)
A new motto: What have they done to you, poor child?But now enough of my filthy stories.Sigmund Freud, in a letter to Wilhelm Fliess, December 22, 1897Trauma has become the central motif of modernity. The two world wars reduced enlightenment beliefs...
Peter Whitehead and Terrorism
Avant- GardeIn April 2007, Peter Whitehead was invited to London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) to talk about some of the pop promo films he had made in the sixties. His frenetically edited clips of Eric Burdon and World War II dive- bombers...
Peter Whitehead's Pottery
A Lidded Bowl from Vumé ...In African villages, it is said that you make your best pots when you are slightly hungry. A small lidded bowl from Vumé,1 (see figure 12) a serving dish made for food, which Peter Whitehead had seen in the Victoria and Albert...
Peter Whitehead's Role as a Falconer, Articles, 1988
Return of the HunterPeter Whitehead stooped, lifted the dead mouse from the threshold and gently placed it on a small platform in the corner of the rectangular room.Then, hands thrust deeply into his pockets, he dropped his head even with the ledge where...
Requiem for the Sixties, Film Proposal, 1974
"Requiem for the Sixties" was one of the originally suggested titles for the project that became Fire in the Water. This early proposal, written in 1974, outlines the intended critical impetus of the film, its attempt to diagnose the consequences of...
Sex Spy: Sexuality and the Revolution in Peter Whitehead's Post-Sixties Works
Peter Whitehead's films of the 1960s can be understood as charting the evolution in the de cade's principal concerns, from pop to politics via psychedelia and style. Having first integrated the Beat generation's revolutionary impulses in Wholly Communion...
The "Janus Interface": A Meditation on the Cosmology of Peter Whitehead
The eye cannot see itself; we cannot project from ourselves, and contemplate as an object our own contemplating faculty or appreciate our own appreciating power.Thomas De QuinceyThe eye, like consciousness itself for Thomas De Quincey,1 is transparent...
The Technology of Myth: Peter Whitehead as Novelist
The FalconerIn 1997 Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit made The Falconer, an experimental film that purported to be a "documentary investigation into the lives and careers of Peter Whitehead." Quoting the Burroughsian maxim, Sinclair and Petit presented their...
"The Wanderer," Part 2
Vain is the image that should illustrate a heavenly sentiment, if the sentiment is yet unborn.Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an En glish Opium EaterThe All- Seeing EyeAfter my encounter with the bronze sculpture in Paris, whether I liked it or not,...
"The Wanderer," Part 3
Initiation rituals are concerned with the crossing of boundaries such as those between boyhood and manhood or the unmarried and the married state. From an anthropological point of view, they can be seen to lie in the broader category of rites of passage,...
"The Wanderer," Part 4
Synchronicity is no more baffling or mysterious than the discontinuities of physics. It is only the ingrained belief in the sovereign power of causality that creates intellectual difficulties and makes it appear unthinkable that causeless events exist...
Tiresias, Film Treatment, 1985
TREATMENT"TIRESIAS"The Hooded FalconA Film by Peter Whitehead90 minutes. Colour(C) Copyright P L Whitehead6 Glendower PlaceLondon SW7He who delights in signs ...Robert Graves1IntroductionIn the archaic legend of Oedipus, Tiresias is introduced as the...
"White Clouds," Poem, 1988
This poem first appeared in Arab News, October 16, 1988.Dedicated to Prince Khaled Al- FaisalOne moment there is nothing there,The next, as if out of nowhere,There are white clouds over the Black Mountain.You try to fix the image, like a fleeting thought,Like...
Whitehead, Djuna Barnes, and Freud's Dora: Introduction to Two Treatments
Whitehead wrote two film treatments, Dora and Cassation, in 1978 or 1979, but they never went further than this preliminary stage. Nevertheless, they are interesting in and of themselves. I think both projects could have yielded fascinating films, as...

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