But the spasm is Chaosmic, Suite op.9

But the spasm is chaosmic, Suite op.9 is a collection of moments from films when the camera pauses in front of the character as they breathe, a Suite of inaudible voices.

As cinema is predominantly a male-run industry, male gaze has shaped the represantation of female characters in fiction films. Laura Malvey believes that women are in fact “the bearer of meaning and not the maker of meaning,”* which suggests that women are not placed in a role where they can take control of a scene, instead they are simply put there to be observed from an objectified point of view.
The female pauses, now cut off from the context of their narrative, are recomposed and redefined in a collective vibration of silent breaths. In an age of bombardment of louder voices, perhaps the best way to be heard is to lower your voice.

*Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Laura Malvey

  • Lydia Miligkou
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2020
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Athens School of Fine Arts
  • Athens School of Fine Arts Degree Show
Director Statement

Lydia Miligkou (b.1995) is a visual artist based in Athens. She has graduated from Athens School of Fine Arts. Both her artistic practice as well as her theoretical research interests revolve around the dialectics of melancholy. By creating poetic narratives that critically engage with the present, the focal question her work raises is whether it is still possible to disengage ourselves from the current status quo which shapes both our desires and our decisions.