You are invited to a talk by Glyn Davis, entitled “Bike Boy and Warhol’s Sexploitation Cycle.” It will take place on June 2nd at 3pm at UvA’s Department of Media Studies (Turfdraagsterpad, room 0.04).
In 1967, in an attempt at commercial success, Andy Warhol made five ‘sexploitation’ films including The Loves of Ondine and Bike Boy. This talk will outline the production and reception of these films. It will also discuss the challenges they present for categorisation, including their complex relationship to other sexploitation films and their status as ‘exploitation’ cinema. Drawing on writings by Jeffrey Sconce, it will be argued that Bike Boy, in particular, can productively be framed as an instance of ‘paracinema’.
Glyn Davis is a theorist and historian of the moving image. Although he has researched and written extensively about film and television, he has a particular interest in experimental cinema and artists’ film and video. Before taking up his position as a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Glyn was a senior lecturer in screen studies at the University of Bristol (2005-2008), and the coordinator of postgraduate studies at The Glasgow School of Art (2008-2012).