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Avant-Goth: Avant-garde engagements with Gothic and Horror

Starts Nov 23, 2013 11:00 AM
Finishes Nov 23, 2013 05:00 PM
Venue Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
Booking details
Free entry; booking required

Event description

Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image in association with the British Film Institute presents:

A day of screenings of avant-garde engagements with Gothic and Horror narratives and tropes, designed to be in dialogue with the BFI ‘Gothic – The Dark Heart of Cinema’ season. What happens when the high and low, the avant-garde and popular cinema, collide? Can there be an Avant-Goth?

With screenings introduced by William Fowler (BFI), Mark Bould (UWE) and a discussion by our leading theorist of contemporary hauntology, Mark Fisher.


  • 11-12.30 slot (intro William Fowler)
    Kenneth Anger, Invocation of My Demon Brother, 1969 (11 mins)
    Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen, Kronhausen’s Psychomontage No. 1, 1963 (11mins)
    Anthony Balch/William Burroughs, The Cut Ups, 1967 (18 mins)
    Stan Brakhage, The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes, 1971 (32 mins)
  • 1.30-3.00 slot (intro Mark Bould)
    Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Denchu Kozo No Boken, 1987 (47 mins)
    Tim Burton, Frankenweenie, 1984 (29 mins)
    Ben Rivers, The Old Dark House, 2003 (4 mins)
  • 3.30 to 5.00 finish
    Mark Fisher and Justin Barton, discussing their installation ‘On Vanishing Land’ (2013)

Organized by Roger Luckhurst in conjunction with BIMI and the BFI - for more information, contact

The event is free, but booking is essential: go to

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