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Arts Week 2017: Monday 15 May

Doing and thinking: methods in practice-based research


    When? 2pm-6pm
    Cinema Foyer, 43 Gordon Square

    Zenogami is a playful mindfulness origami app developed by artist Coco Sato and interaction designer Dr. Pete Bennett (University of Bristol). Engage with the creativity of origami, yoga movement and the perspective of Zen philosophy. Come along to try the app yourself by folding a unique paper aeroplane.

Recovering Women for the Digital Age: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

    When? 2.00-5.00pm
    Where? Keynes library

    Women are sometimes hidden from history. This Wikipedia training workshop and edit-a-thon aims to increase the digital visibility of women who have been ‘lost’. Join us to create stub articles for historical women who do not have Wikipedia pages and together we can make it possible for everyone to find out more about these women.

    Book your free place for this edit-a-thon via Eventbrite.

Telling object stories: film, peoples and plants in the Amazon

    When? 6pm-7.25pm
    Where? Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Kew Gardens holds fascinating artefacts collected by the botanist Richard Spruce, who travelled in South America in the nineteenth century. In this roundtable, Luciana Martins (Birkbeck) and the Derek Jarman Lab’s Bea Moyes and Bartek Dziadosz  screen and discuss the making of The Many Lives of a Shield, a short film that follows the story of this ceremonial shield.

    Book your free place for 'Telling object stories' via Eventbrite.

Underground films from the Barrelstout archive (1968-2016)

    When? 7.50pm-9pm
    Where? Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    This screening from the underground is a rare chance to see a selection of no-budget films from the archive of Barrelstout Productions. Barrelstout’s short films – some comic, some serious - are filled with colour and music.  Filmmakers Bev Zalcock and her partner Sara Chambers introduce their films and answer your questions.

    Book your free place for 'Underground films' via Eventbrite.

Japanese identity: fiction and film by Jayne Joso

    When? 6pm-7.25pm
    Where? Room G03, 43 Gordon Square

    What happens when a man loses his job? Where does he live and what does he learn? Explore this and other aspects of contemporary Japanese identity with Jayne Joso, author of My Falling Down House (2016) and Birkbeck’s Mark Blacklock. There will be three short films, a reading and lots of time to discuss with the panellists.

    Book your free place for 'Japanese idenitity' via Eventbrite.

Andy Smith: dematerialising theatre

    When? 6pm-7.25pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    For the last fifteen years, both alone and in collaboration with Tim Crouch (An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), theatre-maker Andy Smith has been involved in creating a large body of work.  He refers to this as a ‘dematerialised theatre’ - a theatre that attempts to do more with less. This talk reviews some of the principles of the practice, and explores some of its origins. Andy will read and discuss some examples of his work.

    Book your free place for 'Andy Smith: dematerialising theatre' via Eventbrite.

The Jo Spence Archive and Memorial Library: a workshop

Ordinary Digital Humanities: The everyday life of digital technologies

    When? 6pm-7.30pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    How should humanities scholars respond to the opportunities and intrusions wrought by digitisation? With a lecture from Lesley Gourlay (UCL Institute of Education), and responses from Birkbeck's Grace Halden and Tim Markham, this forum explores the ways in which digital technologies are being used, and are asserting themselves, in everyday academic life.

    There will be a drinks reception following this event.

    Book your free place for the 'everyday life of digital technologies' via Eventbrite.

Corkscrew’s Practice Exchange

Poetry Live!

    When? 7.30pm-9pm
    Where? The Harrison, 28 Harrison St, Kings Cross, London WC1H 8JF

    A stellar line-up of live performance poetry given by Birkbeck postgraduate students and staff. Featuring Keith Jay, Fran Lock, Stephen Morrison-Burke, JJ Bola, SoGol Sur, and Julia Bell.

Exodus, reckoning, sacrifice: three meanings of Brexit

    When? 6pm-9pm
    Where? Room 101, 30 Russell Square

    Kalypso Nicolaidis (International Relations, University of Oxford) questions the Brexit narratives of British exceptionalism, euroscepticism, and transnational pluralism, reading them through stories of Exodus, reckoning, and sacrifice. Through the multiple variants and conflicting points of view generated by these founding stories, Nicolaidis articulates a Brexit mythology in a critical attempt to offer the possibility of a bottom-up reconstruction to pluralists of all countries.

    Book your free place for 'Exodus, reckoning, sacrifice' via Eventbrite.