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Arts Week 2016: Wednesday 18 May

The Apparitional: films by Barbara Hammer and Sandra Lahire

    When? 2-5pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    This screening and discussion explores Terry Castle’s idea of the lesbian ‘apparitional’ through the films of the radical lesbian feminist filmmakers Barbara Hammer and Sandra Lahire. We will show Barbara Hammer’s Dr Watson’s X Rays (1991) and Sanctus (1990), and Sandra Lahire’s Uranium Hex (1987) and Serpent River (1989), powerful and experimental films exploring the X-ray as a presence of the uncanny, a ghostliness, the body as subject, illness, radiation. This event is curated by Selina Robertson and Ricardo Matos Cabo and sponsored by BIRMAC and BIMI.

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Birkbeck Creative Writing Alumni Showcase, featuring the announcement of the Kit de Waal Scholarship

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Birkbeck’s creative writing courses foster some of the country’s most exciting new writing talent. This reading event showcases four recent graduates whose first novels are released in 2016: Julia Gray, Nicolás Obrégon, Nadim Safdar and David Savill. The evening concludes with the announcement of the inaugural recipient of the Kit de Waal Scholarship for the Creative Writing MA programme.

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Max Porter: Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    When? 7.30-9pm
    Where? Room B04, 43 Gordon Square

    Max Porter’s debut novel, Grief is the Thing With Feathers (Faber, 2015) tells the story of a family torn apart by the sudden death of a mother. The father, a Ted Hughes scholar, and his two sons are visited by Crow, part-trickster, part-Mary Poppins, part-Freudian nightmare, an imaginary being who vows to stay with them until they have worked through their loss. Poetic and formally innovative, Grief marks the emergence of a radically original literary talent. Hear Max Porter discuss his critically acclaimed book with Birkbeck academic and novelist Mark Blacklock.

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Magic Town, a New Book of Poems by Larry Kearney: Launch Event

    When? 6-9pm
    Where? Room B35, Malet Street Building

    Larry Kearney was born in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to San Francisco in 1964 and became involved with the group of poets centred around North Beach, generally described as the San Francisco Renaissance. His closest friends in poetry were Jack Spicer and Richard Duerden. At this event, Larry will give a talk on the poetry of Jack Spicer followed by a short break, and then will give an extended reading from his new book Magic Town (Veer Books, 2016).

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

Rediscovered! The Story of Birkbeck's Manuscript and Rare Medieval Books Collection

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G16, Malet Street building

    Join us to celebrate the recent rediscovery of the small manuscript and rare medieval books collection in Birkbeck Library. Birkbeck’s Anthony Bale and Isabel Davis will introduce the books and consider what, in fact, they are, and what their story of loss and rediscovery tells us about the practice of keeping and studying early books. There will be a chance to look at the books themselves and to ask questions about them.

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The Contemporary: an Exhibition

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

    What is ‘the contemporary’? Explore this question with our ‘pop-up’ museum of the contemporary. Birkbeck postgraduate students will present a rich mixture of art, photography and dramatic performance. Key pieces include a mockup of a DNA coded poem; a reading of original poetry about lived experience in contemporary London; and a fixed social media-inspired installation entitled ‘Is It Just Me’. Photographs of ruination and global crisis will also be displayed.

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The Mediated City: a Tour of Media and Mediation in West End London

    When? 2-5pm
    Where? Meet at the southwest corner of Fitzroy Square, W1 (nearest tube: Warren Street) - see map here.

    This guided walking tour, given by Joel McKim and Scott Rodgers (Birkbeck), explores West End London as a lens into the media in city life and its environments. Join us to visit a range of buildings and neighbourhoods associated with major media industries. We will also observe some of the more unconventional forms of urban media and communication.

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Poetry and Political Guilt

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room 324. 43 Gordon Square

    Accusation, confession, anxiety, denial – poetry’s engagement with political guilt is various. The topic is urgent, but threatens to elude the grasp of a poetry based on the authority of personal experience. Presented by the BISR Guilt Group, this evening of readings will explore poetry’s representation and enactment of political guilt.

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What’s My Cue?

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

    ‘Part Scripts’ were a Shakespearean rehearsal method. The best way to understand them is by experiencing them. Artists from the MFA Theatre Directing will present a workshop performance exploring the idiosyncrasies of part scripts – involvement optional! The workshop will be followed by a panel discussion with eminent Renaissance theatre historian Professor Tiffany Stern.

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'Bitter, Black and Tragical': Tragic Performance on the Shakespearean Stage

    When? 7.30-9pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    How was tragedy produced on the Renaissance stage? Professor Tiffany Stern (Oxford) will reveal ‘tragic’ staging, ‘tragic’ ways of walking (‘strutting’, ‘jetting’ and ‘stalking’), ‘tragic’ ways of speaking (‘ranting’ and ‘canting’), and show how these performance strategies shaped Shakespeare's tragic sensibility.

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Small Spaces

    When? 7.30-9pm
    Where? Room 114, 43 Gordon Square

    How do studies of museums, art and architecture change if we start with small spaces? How do small spaces shape solitary pursuits and social interactions? In this panel discussion, Fiona Candlin, Swati Chattopadhyay and Leslie Topp will consider questions of power and knowledge from the vantage point of micromuseums, bookshelves and cells. This event is presented by Birkbeck's Architecture Space and Society Centre.

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