Arts Week 2016
Missed an event at Birkbeck Arts Week 2016? Take a look at some of our blog posts or listen to podcasts to find out what happened.
- Theatre Conversation: The Complete Deaths
At the 2016 Brighton Festival, physical comedy ensemble Spymonkey premieres The Complete Deaths – a compendious enactment of all 75 on-stage deaths found in Shakespeare. You can listen to show’s director Tim Crouch (An Oak Tree, The Author, Adler & Gibb) and critic Andrew Dickson (New Yorker, New Statesman, Guardian) discuss the deaths incarnated in Shakespeare’s plays and the show’s distinctive approach to re-imagining them here.
- You must Mutate: Toby Litt and Caroline Edwards Discuss the Future of Fiction
Taking Toby Litt’s new collection of non-fiction essays, Mutants (Seagull Books, 2016), as a starting point, Toby and Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck) discuss developments in contemporary fiction as it attempts to deal with an increasingly fast-paced technological world.
- Brutalism: from New to Neo
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 event was presented by Birkbeck’s Architecture Space and Society Centre.
- Max Porter: Grief is the Thing with Feathers
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.
- Local Government Sustaining the Arts: an Oxymoron for Heretics
Local government in England invests more in the arts than the Arts Council. In November 2015, the Comprehensive Spending Review saw funding to local government fall by a further 24%. Councils have to make difficult decisions. How is local government support for the arts changing? What will the future look like? Carole Stewart, Assistant Director of Arts Heritage and Libraries at London Borough of Ealing explores the changes and the ways in which councils are responding to the choices in funding and sustainability for the arts.
- Listen to part one here
- Listen to part two here
- How does half a millennium of possession and loss write itself into the history of a book? How can time eat itself into the very pages of a mislaid book? And what happens to a book when no one remembers it? Louise Horton of the School of Arts’ Department of English and Humanities blogs about the Arts Week event: “Rediscovered! The Story of Birkbeck’s Manuscript and Rare Medieval Book Collection”
- Can journalism change the world? Andrew Youngson, media and publicity officer in Birkbeck External Relations, writes about this discussion between journalists and academics.
- Meet the Kit de Waal scholar: Stephen Morrison-Burke
Interview with inaugural recipient of the Kit de Wall Scholarship in Creative Writing - Stephen Morrison-Burke.