Ah Venice (Part 1)

There’s a Venetian thread going through this post, which will be picked up again in future installments…

You still have time (just) to catch the first Architecture Space and Society Centre event of the year, tonight (9 November), on the unexpected combination of the historic city of Venice and the modernist architecture of Le Corbusier: Dr Sophia Psarra from the Bartlett speaking about Le Corbusier’s Venice Hospital at 6pm in Keynes Library.

And next week current students have a chance to meet, chat and find out more about the  History of Art Society’s planned events at the Welcome Party, Tuesday 13 November 7.30pm in the Keynes.

The History and Theory of Photography Centre is hosting a fascinating-sounding paper by Anna Dahlgren from Stockholm University on ‘i-D and Artforum: the printed magazine and the merging of art and fashion’: Weds 21 November 2018, 6-7.30pm, room TBC.

Nick Knight for i-D magazine

And back to Venice… You may be aware that Birkbeck and the British Council collaborate every year to offer two Steward-Research Fellowships, based at the Venice Biennale. We are now seeking interest from current students interested in applying for the fellowships for the 2019 Biennale, which runs from 11 May to 24 November. Successful candidates work four days a week over a one month period as an invigilator in the British Pavilion (the 2019 artist is Cathy Wilkes) and one day a week pursuing their own research project. As past fellows have reported, it’s an incredibly stimulating, social and even transformative experience. Do read the great blog posts by the two 2018 fellows, Uli Gamper and Danilo Reis. There is a briefing session about the fellowships with Genevieve Marchiniak from the British Council, Sarah Thomas, who coordinates from Birkbeck’s end, and one of the past fellows, on Thurs 22 November 6pm in Gordon Sq room 327.  The deadline for applications is Friday 30 November, 2pm. For any further info please contact Sarah: sarah.thomas@bbk.ac.uk

Finally, looking back to the future, I want to highlight what is now a full set of excellent blogposts on the ‘Forward Looking’ workshops and the Anniversary lecture, earlier in the term, all written by PhD students in the department. Many thanks to them for these records of a memorable and meaty day. Maria Alambritis blogs about the ‘Futures for Publishing in Art History‘ workshop; Sarah McBryde about the ‘Future of Studying Old Art’, and Mark Liebenrood, on the Centre for Museum Cultures site, about the lecture by Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, on ‘Design for a Nation: The V&A in the 21st Century‘.

Hope you’ve had a good reading week, and we look forward to seeing you back in the classroom next week.