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Monday 20 May

The ruin as fragment in contemporary art

Spectacle and The Sublime: Romantic visuality and contemporary exhibition culture

    Tate Britain Curator Martin Myrone will discuss the Sublime as spectacle in relation to the exhibitions 'Gothic Nightmares' (2006) and 'John Martin: Apocalypse' (2011-12). Martin's writings and exhibitions explore Romantic painting as spectacle, revisiting and reinventing the multisensorial practices and possibilities of Romantic period culture.

    When? 18:00- 19:40
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
    Booking: Tickets are free, but please reserve your place here.

Tom Lyall presents DEFRAG_ a one man science fuiction epic

    Tom Lyall's DEFRAG_ spins a tender story of lost love and artificial intelligence into a global fable spanning the collapse of civilisation and the dawn of a transcendental posthuman technofuture. But it’s not the end of the world. In London a damaged soul reassembles the fragments of his shattered life. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a digital archive management system called Madeleine begins to develop a mind of her own and things take a turn for the altogether stranger...

    Artist Tom Lyall is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.  His new work DEFRAG_ premiered as part of the Futureshock Festival at Camden People's Theatre in 2012.  The performance will be followed by a Q&A.

    When? 18:20-20:15
    Where? Room G10, 43-46 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free but please reserve your space here.

Science and writing symposium

    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.

    When? 18:00-21:00
    Where? Room 414, Birkbeck main building, Torrington Square (pdf)
    Booking: This event is free but please reserve your space here.

Amy Levy and controversy

Writers Hub: Elizabeth Freemantel and Christie Watson