Seeing 'Ways of Seeing'

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square, Cinema
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A series of events on using still and moving images in academic research, Birkbeck, November 2017

The Derek Jarman Lab in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities


Ways of Seeing (BBC, 1972) was a groundbreaking television series introducing a broad audience to new ways of understanding art and society. It has been used ever since in arts teaching both in its original screen form and in the form of the eponymous book published after the series aired. The four episodes that constitute the series have never been released on VHS or DVD, with academics relying on recordings from TV reruns, or low quality clips on video streaming platforms, to share with students.

At this event, supported by BIMI and AICA-UK, artist Shona Illingworth will introduce the series, before we screen all four episodes of Ways of Seeing from the BBC's Digi Beta tapes. After the screening there will be a drinks reception and we will proceed to discuss the series, its impact and its curious rights status with director Mike Dibb and producer and TV historian John Wyver.

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