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Arts Week 2015: Tuesday 19 May

Visual Artists Today: a Symposium on the Artist Identity

    When? 2pm – 6pm, followed by a drinks reception from 6pm – 7:25pm
    Where? Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square

    The symposium examines new, creative and divergent approaches to the notion of artistic identity. How does this form of identity emerge from the biographical understanding of artists’ lives? Plenary sessions will investigate becoming, being and unbecoming a visual artist.

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Deborah Levy: Form and Content in the 21st-Century Novel

    When? 6pm – 7:25pm
    Where? Room B32, Malet Street

    Marguerite Duras wrote 'I think what I blame books for, in general, is that they are not free. One can see it in the writing: they are fabricated, organized, regulated; one could say they conform.' Join Booker Prize nominated author Deborah Levy to explore the 21st-Century novel.

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The Ex- of Experimental Cinema: the 1970s Films of Antoni Padrós

    When? 6pm – 7:25pm
    Where? Room 110, 43 Gordon Square

    This talk focuses on the politics of marginality in the 1970s work of Catalan experimental filmmaker Antoni Padrós. It seeks to draw parallels between formal experiment and political militancy in Padrós’ two full-length features from this period, Lock Out (1973) and The Shirley Temple Story (1976).

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: a performance

    When? 6pm – 7:25pm
    Where? Room G04, 43 Gordon Square

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is about transgression and compulsion. A random, unmotivated act of destruction begets a compulsion to speak. This performance explores the poem’s handling of guilt in terms of speech and listening. It is staged in association with the Guilt Group.

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Interpreting Shakespeare through Performance

    When? 6pm – 7:30pm
    Where? Room 112, 43 Gordon Square

    How can performance help students to engage in analysis and interpretation of Shakespeare? This panel of university lecturers and school teachers investigates the dynamic relationship between page, stage and screen, and the implications for understanding Shakespeare inside and outside the classroom. Join us as we test and discuss teaching innovations. Panellists include Dr Emma Smith (Oxford University), Paul Larochelle (South Hampstead High School) and Gillian Woods (Birkbeck).

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Carole Tongue: Challenges of the digital era for creatives, legislators and citizens in Europe

    When? 6pm – 9pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Carole Tongue discusses the Digital Single Market.

    Carole was an MEP for fifteen years and deputy leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party from 1989-91. She played a leading part in coordinating audiovisual policy across Europe, when the MEDIA Programme was launched and continues to take a close interest in audiovisual policies and practices in the digital era, advising trades unions and rights holders in the creative industries. She also works in public affairs advising companies, not-for-profit and public sector organisations, including: universities, charities, NGOs and trades unions.

    Her recent article 'Films are not fast food!' appeared in the online journal Policy Review

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Theatre Scratch Night

    When? 6pm – 7.30pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    Students from our theatre and creative writing programmes (BA to PhD) share their work in progress. The evening includes the first showing of several short new plays. From workshops to finished pieces, experience the processes and products of our creative factory and offer feedback on the work you see.

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Going Westward for Smelts: A Fishy Tale of Cheap Print, Sex and Text in Seventeenth-Century London

    When? 7.30pm – 9pm
    Where? Room 112, 43 Gordon Square

    Join us as we map the tales of Jacobean fishwives travelling down the Thames. We trawl a 1620 text to ask questions about the people of early modern London. Meet a farting alewife, and reel in stories of Shakespeare, marriage, trade and prostitution. ‘Will you haue a paire of Oares’ and join us?

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Ruins

    When? 6pm – 7:30pm
    Where? Waterstones Gower Street

    How do we imagine ‘ruins’ in a modern world? This talk analyses ruins in which poignant remains have been preserved and turned into reminders of violent acts as well as memorials in which the iconographic traditions of the ruin are consciously reproduced. Does the ‘ruin tourism’ of the 18th century turn into the ‘dark tourism’ of the 21st century?

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Realisms of Precariousness: Otto de Cao Guimarães

    When? 2pm – 5pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    The second of four contemporary film narratives from Brazil and Colombia, being shown as part of a programme that presents four unique views that provide different accounts of the thresholds that can be reached by free images of Latin America.

    Otto de Cao Guimarães / Brasil / 2012 / 71min.
    Otto makes your affections overflow. A love letter made film.

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