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Arts Week 2016: Tuesday 17 May

Writing from Life

    When? 6-7.30
    Where? Room 101, 30 Russell Square

    Writers Joanna Walsh, Kirsty Gunn and Gabriel Josipovici in discussion with Julia Bell (Birkbec) about the current popularity of Non Fiction, and what makes a piece of Non Fiction ‘creative’, the difference between memoir and autofiction and how to approach writing from life.

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Fallen Women, Spaces of Psychoanalysis and Lux Imperium: New Film Projects

    When? 3-4.30pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema

    The Derek Jarman Lab presents three new productions which combine research and film in new ways. Fallen Women is an AHRC-funded film by Lily Ford, exploring the Victorian response to unmarried mothers and the work of the Foundling Hospital. Bartek Dziadosz's film Spaces of Psychoanalysis combines the reflections of Birkbeck academics on the relevance of Freud's writing to their research with an evocative collage of imagined spaces. Finally Francis Gooding and Noah Angell will introduce Lux Imperium, their project based on hundreds of home movies made in and of the British empire just as it was beginning to disintegrate.

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At Swim-Two-Birds: a Workshop on Flann O'Brien's Novel

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room 112, 43 Gordon Square

    The great Irish comic writer Flann O’Brien died on April Fool’s Day 1966. Fifty years on, we remember him with a special workshop exploring his debut novel At Swim-Two-Birds (1939). Whether you are an experienced Flanneur, or discovering this underrated writer for the first time, you are welcome to join our journey through Flann O’Brien’s wild humour and storytelling shenanigans.

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Tim Hincks: in Conversation:

    When? 6-8pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Tim Hincks is President of Endemol Shine Group. As a Creative Director, he has worked in television since 1990, developing landmark programmes such as Newsnight. More recently, he has been responsible for the creative and strategic direction of the company, producing shows like The Tunnel. Tim will discuss his work with Birkbeck film and television studies specialist Janet McCabe.

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Can Journalism Change the World?

Collecting and Archiving the Victorians

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

    Hear speakers from the National Portrait Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and the Salvation Army Archive, who host prestigious internships with the Birkbeck MA in Victorian Studies. They discuss the joys and challenges of collecting, curating, preserving and researching the Victorians. Come along to explore the pleasures and pains of the Victorian world as seen through its objects, archives and other traces.

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Film as Research

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

    How might film communicate historical knowledge, and how does this differ from the printed page? This discussion brings together film-makers and academics to consider the ways in which film can create new forms of research and new ways of looking at research materials. Speakers are: Dr Joanna Callaghan (Sussex); Professor Sue Clayton (Goldsmiths); Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck); John Wyver (Illuminations).

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Indigenous Filmmaking in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

    When? 6-9pm
    Where? Room 110, 43 Gordon Square

    See the photography and film made by Arhuaco director, Amado Villafaña. The director will join us via Skype to talk about working with his indigenous team in one of the most incredible parts of Colombia. Then join us for discussion. The second of two events in this exciting series in Arts Week.

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Modernism in Bloomsbury? A Counter-Intuitive Walking Tour, Part I

Patrick Marber: in Conversation

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G02, 43 Gordon Square

    After a career in TV comedy, Patrick Marber wrote the award-winning play Dealer’s Choice. His other plays include Closer, Howard Katz, and The Red Lion. He has also adapted plays and novels for films, such as Closer and Notes on a Scandal. Join us for an illuminating conversation about his work, presented by the BISR Guilt Group.

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Theatre Scratch Night

    When? 6-9pm
    Where? G10, 43 Gordon Square

    Students from our theatre and creative writing programmes, from BA to PhD, share their work in progress. From workshops to finished pieces, experience the processes and products of our creative factory and offer feedback on the work you see. Internationally acclaimed cabaret artists Bourgeois & Maurice will headline with some new work on hedonism.

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Artist-Researcher Collaborations

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room 120, 43 Gordon Square

    A roundtable conversation about the potential of artist-researcher collaborations. What can artists learn from researchers? What can researchers learn from artists? And what happens when an artist is also an academic researcher? Participants include Ella McCartney (artist), Professor Zhu Hua (Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck), Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck, History of Art); John Timberlake (Bow Arts) and Toby Litt (writer and lecturer).

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Wishbone’s Mountain High Valley Low: Exploring Bipolar on a Bicycle

    When? 7.30-9pm
    Where? Room G04, 43 Gordon Square

    Theatremakers Paul Murray and Karen Glossop (Wishbone) present a 15 minute performance about a woman with bipolar disorder who attempts to manage her illness by taking up long-distance cycling. Live pedalling action, with an immersive soundtrack by Conor OB. The performance is followed by a discussion with the artists, a clinician and a speaker with lived experience of bipolar.

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Shakespeare in Action

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room 124, 43 Gordon Square

    Renaissance playhouses were thrillingly innovative spaces for early audiences.  But how can we engage today’s students with the plays and performances of the past?  This panel of lecturers and teachers including Professor Martin White (Bristol) suggests how to bring performance into the classroom, and discusses the value of doing so.

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Renaissance Bodies

    When? 7.30-9pm
    Where? Room124, 43 Gordon Square

    How did the Renaissance remake the human body? In poems, portraits and physic, and from the Italian anatomists to Descartes’ ‘thing which thinks’, the body was at the heart of the changes of the Renaissance. Panellists explore the body and text in the Reformation; John Donne’s bodies, and why you probably shouldn’t send for the midwife. Speakers include Stephen Clucas, Isabel Davis and Susan Wiseman (Birkbeck). There will be a chance to meet staff from Birkbeck’s MAs in Medieval Literature & Culture and Renaissance Studies.

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