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Arts Week 2016: Thursday 19 May

The Salt of the Earth: Screening of a Film on the Photography of Sebastian Salgado

    When? 11:30am-1:30pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Join us to witness The Salt of the Earth, an award-winning and controversial film by Wim Wenders with Juliano Salgado on the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who spent forty years documenting the hellish and the beautiful, humanity and the inhumane, as well as lands without people around the world. The screening will be introduced by Colin Jacobson, key figure in Photojournalism (The Independent, Observer) founder of Reportage.  Presented by the Bloomsbury Colleges’ Sustainability Group and Greenthing in the School of Arts.

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Vectors: 50 Years of Digital Art Practice

Ephemeral Ruins: the Fragility of Holocaust Memory

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G03, 43 Gordon Square

    Should nature overtake and completely efface the concentration camps? Will this dissolution lead to oblivion? Can preservation ensure remembrance? The talk will look at these questions from the multiple perspectives offered by memorial museums, visitors and contemporary artists. Followed by a discussion.

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In the Archive(s) of Sexuality: Collection / Speculation / Activism

Performing Bodies, Crossing Borders

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G01, 43 Gordon Square

    Join us for a roundtable discussion exploring the concept of identity, staged to coincide with the exhibition RELAPSE - Identity at the Peltz Gallery. Both the roundtable and exhibition focus on the concept of identity as constructed and performed through social rituals.  How is identity embodied? How can its visceral manifestations be explored through art, to question political, social and religious ideologies of sexuality and the body?

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Rebellion and the Rising: Dublin 1916

    When? 6-8.30pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Rebellion is an acclaimed five-part television drama set against the events of the 1916 Rising in Dublin. Written by Colin Teevan, Professor of Screenwriting and Playwriting at Birkbeck, Rebellion was hugely popular when broadcast on Irish television earlier this year, marking the centenary of the events. In March 2016, it was nominated for 8 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Drama, premiered in the US in April and has been released on Netflix. This screening of the first episode will be followed by a panel discussion on the significance and reinterpretation of the 1916 Rising, with guests including Roy Foster, Birkbeck Fellow and Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford.

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Running Wilde: outdoor exercise & the peculiar history of the treadmill

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G04, 43 Gordon Square

    Writer and academic Vybarr Cregan-Reid discusses his new book, Footnotes: How Running Makes us Human (Ebury Press, 2016), a literary and philosophical study of running and modern life. He will read from a chapter about why so many people dislike running in a gym, and how the treadmill began its life as the harshest form of punishment short of the death penalty, endured by many, including Oscar Wilde.

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Specimen Daze

    When? 6-7pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    During the American Civil War, Walt Whitman worked in a field hospital with wounded young men, nursing them and writing to their families.  This new performance by Theatre North explores some of these letters and their unexpected aftermath for the young men, and for the poet. Adult material: 18+.

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Brutalism: from New to Neo

    When? 6-7:30pm
    Where? Room 153, Malet Street

    The last few years have seen a wealth of publications and exhibitions about Brutalism, yet without any quite seeming definitive. This talk from Professor Mark Crinson sifts through them, and attempts to separate what they say about our present preoccupations from what they say about the past. What was Brutalism? Why does it still seem to separate us into either ardent advocates or angry critics? This public talk looks ahead to Professor Crinson joining History of Art at Birkbeck. This event is presented by Birkbeck's Architecture Space and Society Centre.

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An Evening of American Poetry

    When? 7.30-9pm
    Where? Room G02, 43 Gordon Square

    Featuring readings by Rob Halpern, Peter Gizzi and Matvei Yankelevich, this event showcases the recent work of three of the most vital poets writing today, whose writing emerges from the complexities of translation and of lived experience. Join us for an evening of uncomfortable, beautiful poems that confront the necessity of reinventing the lyric in the context of social crisis, late capitalism, violence and militarization.

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