Arts Week 2015
Missed an event at Birkbeck Arts Week 2015? Watch the short film above, take a look at some of our blog posts or listen to podcasts to find out what happened.
Environmental Futures: Oil, Ecology, Petrocultures
In the 21st century, oil shapes our geopolitics and impacts upon the cost of day-to-day living. But what role does oil play within culture? This panel considered literature’s engagement with the oil economy and the opportunities for a participatory democratic citizenship that a cultural critique, and monitoring, of oil affords. Sami Salo, MA Cultural and Critical Studies student, writes about the event.
You can also listen to a podcast of Enviromental Futures.
Realisms of Precariousness
Radical approaches to precariousness and violence in Latin American Cinema were showcased in a stunning quartet of contemporary films from Brazil and Colombia. Read more about the programme and details of the cinematic works.
Audience members enjoyed a script-in-hand performance of Steve Waters' Scribblers, a new radio play charting the stormy relationship between two real life characters: young playwright Henry Fielding and the First Minister Robert Walpole. Mixing high politics and low satire, the play explores the premature birth of political theatre through the madcap work of Fielding before its later stifling by the Stage Licensing Act of 1737. Waters - playwright for stage, radio and screen, and also senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia - offers some insights into the creative spark behind his latest theatrical work.
Coffee and Commonwealth
What do coffee, tea and rancid meat have in common? All are intimately tied to the politics, gender dynamics and social unrest of the 18th century. Read an overview of the event and find out more about the Enlightenment’s beverages of choice and disgusting diets.
Deborah Levy: Form and Content in the 21st-Century Novel
Created by reflect on the process for Exeunt Magazine.students, Blake's Dream was an immersive sound-work responding to Night II of Blake's prophetic illuminated manuscript ‘Vala or the Death of Judgement of the Ancient Man: A Dream of Nine Nights’. Here, , Senior Lecturer in Romantic Studies and the directors
Renaissance Ways of Seeing
How did people ‘see’ in the Renaissance? To answer this question, four Renaissance specialists examined a fascinating selection of art works, theatre and poetry. Louise Horton PhD student in the School of Arts’ Department of English and Humanities reflects on the event.
You can also listen to a podcast of Renaissance Ways of Seeing.
Maria Zambrano amongst the Philosophers: A Reconsideration
The work, legacy, philosophical standpoints and impactful writing of the ‘invisible’ Spanish philosopher and essayist, Maria Zambrano, was explored in a two-day conference during Arts Week. Read on overview of the event on Birkbeck Events blog.
Talking Mr Turner
Photograph: Courtesy of Thin Man Films/Simon Mein
Mike Leigh's acclaimed recent film Mr Turner (2014) was the subject of an evening of behind-the-scenes discussion in Birkbeck Cinema, featuring Jacqueline Riding, Historical Consultant, Sarah McBryde, Production Manager, and Tim Wright, who taught Timothy Spall to paint. Helen-Frances Pilkington, who is currently studying for an Arts and Humanities PhD, reflects on the event.
You can view a short film clip and listen to a podcast of the event, including a discussion and audience questions, on Backdoor Broadcasting Company's website.
Material History: Henry VIII at Windsor Castle
What can the world of things tell us about life at Henry VIII’s court? In an event specially organised for Birkbeck alumni, Dr Richard Williams (The Royal Collection, Windsor) discussed what objects – from Holbein's drawings to paintings, prints, buildings and armour – disclose about the huge changes in church and state that Henry VIII brought about. Eva-Maria Lauenstein, PhD student in the Department of English and Humanities reviews the event.
Developing a Career in the Arts – Collaboration & Transferability
Worried about the type of employment opportunities available in the creative industries? At this event, graduates from Birkbeck’s School of Arts shared and reflected upon their experiences of work in the creative industries.
Experimental Literature Today
What does experimental literature look like today? Is it still following the legacies of modernism? What are the most vital literary innovations currently emerging from from different languages and locations in Europe? A special event with international guests Professor Luis Armand and Dr David Vichnar, editors of the Prague-based journal VLAK, responded to these questions.
Séance and Seanceability: Magic Lantern
Billed as 'a rational entertainment in which the learned *Professor H..... * and his clever assistants offer a spirited account of that popular Gothic confection known as the phantasmagoria', showman and historian Mervyn Heard gave his demonstration of the wonders of the magic lantern to a sold-out Birkbeck Cinema. Helen-Frances Pilkington, who is currently studying for an Arts and Humanities PhD, describes the event.
You can listen to a further series of podcasts from Arts Week 2015 events:
- Adapting Diderot's 'Le Neveu de Rameau'/Rameau's Nephew
- Found in Translation - The Man Booker International Prize
- The Ex- of Experimental Cinema: the 1970s Films of Antoni Padrós
- Interpreting Shakespeare Through Performance
- Photographs of London
- Globalization and Contemporary Culture
- Popular Art and Portuguese Identity. Anatomy of an Exhibition
- Historical Fictions
- Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine on the matter of Ruins
- PhD researcher and lecturer in Arts Management, Niki Zanti, who was one of the team behind the Visual Artists Today symposium
- Dr Liane Strauss, who gave a special poetry reading ahead of the Moons, Magpies and London poetry event.
- Dr Jaqueline Riding, Birkbeck alumna and historical consultant about her work on Mike Leigh’s highly acclaimed movie, Mr. Turner
- Reaction from participants at the Visual Artists Today Symposium
- Dr Rosie Cox who spoke at the Gendering Austerity Symposium
Two editions of Birkbeck Voices feature interviews with Birkbeck academics and participants who were involved in Arts Week 2015:
You can re-visit Arts Week 2015 events by taking a look at though our Flickr albums:
- Environmental Futures: Oil, Ecology, Petrocultures
- Is the Playwright Dead?
- Realities of Precariousness
- Found in Translation - The Man Booker International Prize
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: a Performance
- Theatre Scratch Night
- Guilt and Utopian Space
- Blake's Dream: Vala or the Four Zoas, rehearsal
- Blake's Dream: Vala or the Four Zoas, performance/discussion
- Gendering Austerity: Cultures of Coping and the Work of Consumption
- Vasari Centre Past and Future: 25 Years of Digital Arts Research at Birkbeck and The Lumen Prize Exhibition
- Developing a Career in the Arts
- Shadow Portrait Workshop
- World Factory: the Politics of Conversation