Birkbeck Arts Week 2013
Arts Week 2013 promises to be our best yet. For the first time we are able to make full use of the dedicated new exhibition and performance spaces completed this year, thanks to the generosity of our alumni, to showcase the exciting research and teaching carried out by the School of Arts. This year our focus is on theatre, as we celebrate the launch of our state-of-the-art practice and performance space with a series of public performances featuring work by students and teachers on our theatre and creative writing programmes and Research Fellows associated with Birkbeck’s Centre for Contemporary Theatre. Highlights include artist Tom Lyall’s one-man science fiction epic DEFRAG_, and Andrew McKinnon’s staging of Martin Lewton’s Handel’s Cross, fresh from its world première in Dublin. Audiences are invited to participate in panel discussions on the sensory world of Renaissance theatre (with colleagues from the Globe, with whom Birkbeck offers an innovative MA), on voluntary labour in the arts, and on adaptations of film texts for the theatre.
Several of the events will be recorded and will be available here:
Monday 20 May 2013
Literary works have long trespassed on the terrains of scientific discourse, interrogating the linguistic and ethical limits of scientific thinking and innovation. On rare occasions, the speculation of creative writers has actually pushed the frontiers of scientific knowledge forward. This symposium brings together creative writers, scientists, science writers, academics and their students to explore some of the aesthetic and intellectual concerns that science raises as a topic for creative writing. Chaired by Birkbeck’s Richard Hamblyn, author of The Art of Science (2011), the symposium will feature readings from distinguished writers of fiction, drama and poetry, a Q&A with the audience, and a roundtable discussion between writers, scientists and academics on the intersection between science and creative writing. Participants include Dr. Laura Salisbury, RCUK Fellow in Science, Technology, and Culture, Birkbeck; Mark Maslin, Professor of Palaeoclimatology; Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer; playwright Nick Payne, poets Simon Barraclough, Lavinia Greenlaw and Rosie Shepperd; and graphic novelist Darryl Cunningham. This event will conclude with a wine reception sponsored by the Wellcome Collection.
Tuesday 21 May 2013
Mark Lewis makes films and digital works. By using film as a gallery medium, he investigates the process of cinema production while also taking into consideration the wider tradition of photography and art. Recent films like Man (2012), Smoker at Spitalfields (2012) and City Road 24 March (2012) make direct reference to the pictorial exploration of the everyday, and in his piece Black Mirror at the National Gallery (2011) the interaction between the museum space, the mirror and the cinematic camera becomes a collaborative exercise for observation and composition making. In 2009 he represented Canada at the 53rd Venice Biennale.
David Campany is a writer and curator. His books include Art and Photography (Phaidon, 2003), Photography and Cinema (Reaktion, 2008), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (Afterall / MIT, 2010), and Walker Evans: the Magazine Work (Steidl, 2013). In 2010 he curated ‘Anonymes: Unnamed America in Photography and Film’, for Le Bal in Paris. Later this year he curates major shows of the work of Mark Neville (at The Photographer’s Gallery) and Victor Burgin (at Ambika P3). In collaboration with BIMI (Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image).
This event is a conversation between Colin Teeva, a playwright, and Prof James Shapiro an eminent scholar of Renaissance theatre and culture. Because of scheduling difficulties we cannot have Prof Shapiro at Colin’s Thursday event. We therefore want to have a sound recording of the interview.
Wednesday 22 May 2013
The link between messianism and political resistance is revisited in many movies from the 1960s Cinema Novo movement, which sought to denounce social inequalities in Brazil. In films such as The Guns (Ruy Guerra, 1964) or Black God, White Devil (Glauber Rocha, 1964) religion is portrayed ambiguously: it functions both as response of the people to the precariousness of their lives and as an alienating factor that prevents them from rebelling against those who cause their suffering.
Thursday 23 May 2103
Professor Barkan (University of Princeton) will discuss his recent work on the relationship between words and pictures from antiquity to the Renaissance. Professor Barkan is the author of The Gods Made Flesh, Unearthing the Past and most recently Mute Poetry, Speaking Pictures.