Research projects supported by BIRMAC 

Manual Labours | This is a practice-based research project exploring people’s physical relationships to work, initiated by Jenny Richards (independent curator/artist/writer) and Sophie Hope (Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck). This project reconsiders current time-based structures of work (when does work start and end?) and reasserts the significance of the physical (manual) aspect of immaterial, affective and emotional labour.

Research Events sponsored by BIRMAC

Conventions of Proximity in Art, Theatre and Performance | Immersive and curatorial strategies are highly current in contemporary theatre, visual art and exhibition culture – bringing audiences into close and often interactive relationships with artistic work. But how else do art, theatre and performance engage ideas of proximity, and how have they done so in the past?

Conventions of Proximity combines papers, workshops from guest artists in the School of Arts’ studio space, film screenings with ‘Proximity on Film: intimate experiments in closeness and distance in Birkbeck Cinema, performance installation, and an exhibition of contemporary art in the Peltz Gallery.

Thursday 5 May |  researchers and practitioners will share their work in parallel panel presentations, from which attenders can make a selection.

Friday 6 May | film screenings, panel presentations, workshops and a performance installation will run in parallel, from which attenders can make a selection.

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