Sebastian Buerkner: Screening and Discussion – 17 June 2016

Vasari Centre/BIMI Digital Animation Series

Sebastian Buerkner: Screening and Discussion

17 June, 2016 6-9pm, Birkbeck Cinema

The Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) present the first in a series of events, curated by Joel McKim and Esther Leslie, exploring multiple dimensions of digital animation.

We are very pleased to host the London-based German artist Sebastian Buerkner who will be screening, for the first time in London, his award winning 3D stereoscopic  film The Chimera of M along with a selection of other short animated films.

Buerkner’s work pushes digital animation into new aesthetic territory, bringing together the narrative and visual traditions of cinema, painting and sculpture in highly original forms. His innovative stereoscopic works explore the otherwise unrealized potential of 3D cinematic technology.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion between Sebastian Buerkner and Joel McKim.


Sebastian Buerkner (born in Berlin, Germany) lives and works in London. He completed an MA at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2002 and was awarded their Fellowship Residency in 2003. From 2004, his art practice has shifted primarily to animation.


Recent solo shows include Kunsthaus im KunstkulturQuartier Nuremberg, Germany; Tramway, Glasgow; Sketch, London; The Showroom Gallery, London; Whitechapel Project Space; London and LUX at Lounge Gallery, London; Art on the Underground, Screen at Canary Wharf, London. He has also participated in group shows and screenings at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, London; Tate Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, London and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. His film Purple Grey (2006) was broadcast as part of AnimateTV on Channel 4. His recent film The Chimera of M won the Tiger Award for at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and was also was shortlisted for the European Film Awards.


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Paid Opportunity: ArtLess Curatorial Internship – Deadline Friday 13th May 2016

The School of Arts invites applications for a curatorial internship to work with the ArtLess Project in collaboration with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and Bury Museum of Art (Manchester) during the Summer Term 2016.

The ArtLess Group was established in 2014 to develop creative, entrepreneurial and project possibilities for PhD students across the Arts, and secured AHRC funding for the Arts of Experiment Project, to translate research into potential exhibitions on the international market. Working with partners at Bury Museum of Art (Manchester), students gained skills and experience in curatorial practice and international touring exhibition development. Among the outcomes was a programme of events on the ‘Arts of Experiment’, and a virtual exhibition on Angels and Avatars, which is being curated by Grace Halden and Daniel O’Donnell Smith.

Click here for further details on the ArtLess Group, and here for its curatorial experiments.

This internship will develop a strand of the ArtLess project, working in close collaboration with partners and the ArtLess group on an international touring exhibition project about fairies in nineteenth-century art.

We are looking for PhD students with an interest in curatorial practice and research specialism in nineteenth-century studies is an advantage.

The intern will be involved in:

  • Translation of research into curatorial practice
  • Development of an exhibition proposal
  • Networking and Liaising between the School of Arts, museums, and other non-HE partners
  • Pitching of an international touring exhibition
  • Organization and marketing in the curatorial sector
  • Public engagement

Remuneration: £15.26 per hour for a maximum of 110 hours to be completed by end July 2016.

Application procedure:

Please submit a full CV, the name of an academic referee, and a cover letter outlining a) your area of research, b) how the placement would benefit your academic study and c) how it will develop your career skills.

Please submit your application to with the subject line: ARTLESS CURATORIAL INTERNSHIP, by Friday 13 May

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Luisa Calè (


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Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Summer 2016 Programme

Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies Summer Term 2016 Programme

Friday 13 May 2016

‘Genres and Writing in the Digital Age’, 3.00-9.00pm

3.00-5.00pm ‘Novel Poetry’, Dino Felluga (Purdue)

Materials will be distributed in advance, please write to

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square 6.00-9.00pm ‘Nineteenth-Century Digital Periodicals’

Laurel Brake (Birkbeck), Helen Rogers (Liverpool John Moores University), and Dino Felluga (Purdue) Room G01, 43 Gordon Square


Monday 16 May 2016


‘Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration’, Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside), Felix Driver (Royal Holloway), and Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge) Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square


Tuesday 17 May 2016


‘Collecting and Archiving the Victorians’, speakers from the National Portrait Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, and the Salvation Army Room G03, 43 Gordon Square


Thursday 19 May 2016


‘Running Wilde: outdoor exercise & the peculiar history of the treadmill’, Vybarr Cregan-Reid (University of Kent) Room G04, 43 Gordon Square


Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June 2016

‘Victorian Psychology Now’, a half-day reading workshop FOLLOWED BY A FULL-DAY SYMPOSIUM with Caroline Arscott, Carolyn Burdett, Benjamin Morgan, Tom Quick, Roger Smith, Heather Tilley, and Tiffany Watt-Smith Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square


This event is funded by the Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund


Friday 17 June 2016

‘Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth-Century’

Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square


Friday 8 & Saturday 9 July 2016

‘Forgotten Geographies in the Fin de Siècle, 1880-1920’

Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square


For more information on the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, visit:

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Artful Monkeys: The ‘Singeries’ of Marivaux – Tuesday 10th May 2016

Professor Melissa Percival

Artful Monkeys: The ‘Singeries’ of Marivaux

6pm, Tuesday 10th May

Room 101, 30 Russell Square

Unashamedly ‘moderne’, Marivaux’s writing displays a heightened awareness of the practices of imitation. A complex yet coherent thematics of ‘singe’ and ‘singerie’ can be found in his theatre, journalism and fiction. In Marivaux’s universe Arlequin, that most simian of creatures, paradoxically embodies a powerful humanity. Singerie can be an exaggerated physical display of contorsion and grimace; but it is also a social practice, a frequently pernicious form of ingratiation. Equally it pertains to the author’s own vanities and machinations.

In addition to Marivaux’s writings, this paper will make reference to Alfredo Arias’s controversial ‘monkey’ production of Le Jeu de l’amour et du hasard (1986) and to the painted singeries of Marivaux’s contemporaries Watteau, Audran and Huet.

All are very welcome! Do please pass this information onto anyone else who might be interested.

For further information, please contact Ann Lewis:

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FREE EVENT: Reclaiming Conversation in a Digital Age w/ Prof Sherry Turkle (MIT) – 18.30, Monday 16 May

After the phenomenal success of her most recent TED talk, King’s College London’s Ego-Media project and the Centre for Digital Culture are delighted to announce that the internationally-esteemed media scholar Professor Sherry Turkle will be coming to talk at King’s @ 18:30 on 16 May.

The talk will be based on Prof Turkle’s newest book, the New York Times Bestseller Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Penguin Press, Oct 2015), which investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity and productivity.

A drinks reception will follow the event.


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Architecture, Space and Society Centre: Reading Group 19th May 2016

Birkbeck’s Architecture Space and Society Centre is inaugurating a reading group. It will be a forum for wide ranging discussion of architecture, space and society, across periods, geographies and disciplines.

Each session will be led by an ASSC member (or 2-3 members), who will assign preparatory tasks.  These will normally be texts to read, but preparation could also include a building, site, or set of images to look at, for instance.

All academics and research students at Birkbeck with an interest in the themes discussed are welcome to participate. ASSC speakers from beyond Birkbeck will also be invited and encouraged to invite their research students.

1st session, Thursday 19 May 3.30-5pm, 43 Gordon Sq, Room 112

Architecture Across Time – led by Nic Sampson and Leslie Topp

To inaugurate the reading group, we have chosen two texts which address the question of what happens when we look at issues in architecture across disparate time periods.

Alexander Nagel, Medieval Modern: Art out of Time (2012), chapters 2, 18 and 19.

Reyner Banham, ‘Revenge of the Picturesque: English Architectural Polemics, 1945-1965’ in John Summerson, ed., Concerning Architecture: Essays on Architectural Writers and Writing presented to Nikolaus Pevsner (1968)

Nagel’s book is a provocative argument for a new flexibility in history of art that tries to shake up our strict adherence to periods and style, and see important multiple connections between modern and pre-modern art.  We’ll read a short intro chapter in which he sets out his stall and two chapters (also fairly short) on the medieval cathedral and early 20th-c architectural modernism (German and Russian).

The Banham essay, with its rich account of the polemics around British post-war modernism and various periods and traditions in pre-modern architecture (from Renaissance humanism to 18th-century picturesque), is a lively document of post-war debates about period-hopping with a close link to Birkbeck’s famous past Professor Pevsner.

If you are interested in attending please contact Leslie Topp (, who can send you the readings.

The reading group will be followed by:

Thurs 19 May, 18.00-19.30, Birkbeck main building, entered off Torrington Square, Room 153

Mark Crinson, ‘Brutalism: From New to Neo’

The last few years have seen a wealth of publications and exhibitions about Brutalism, yet without any quite seeming definitive. This talk from Professor Mark Crinson (Manchester) sifts through them, and attempts to separate what they say about our present preoccupations from what they say about the past. What was Brutalism? Why does it still seem to separate us into either ardent advocates or angry critics? This public talk looks ahead to Professor Crinson joining History of Art at Birkbeck.

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Private View: RELAPSE Collective @ The Peltz Gallery 28th April

The Peltz Gallery has the pleasure of inviting you to the private view of our next exhibition.

Artist-run contemporary collective and platform for creative multidisciplinary exchange

28th April, 6-9pm.

1st Edition – Identity

Artists: Vasiliki Antonopoulou, Nikolas Kasinos, Dimitrios Michailidis, Penelope Koliopoulou

Curated by Dr. Gabriel Koureas, Birkbeck, University of London & Relapse

Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Opening Reception: Thursday 28 April, 6 – 9pm

Artists Talk and Q&A with artist Maria Sideri: ‘Identity and Possesion’ 6-7pm
Free but booking essential –

RELAPSE collective is pleased to present its first exhibition, with guest artist Penelope Koliopoullou, under the auspices of the Minister of Education and Culture of Cyprus, Dr. Costas Kadis. The exhibition focuses on the concept of identity as constructed and performed through social rituals and its embodied visceral manifestations. We invite the public and artists to take a step back from themselves, and join us in a ritual of self-observation in order to open the work to collective authorship negotiated between performer and viewer thus reclaiming the constructs of our own identity. Created by artists Vasiliki Antonopoulou, Nikolas Kasinos and Dimitrios Michailidis, RELAPSE is an online community for artists working in various media. Beginning as an observation of affinities between their work, the artists came together to plan a group exhibition. The process led to the creation of RELAPSE. Placed within virtual space, RELAPSE is an explorer aiming to give artists from different disciplines and geographic locations, the opportunity to come together and produce collaborative work; an attempt to dissolve the limitations distance and boundaries impose upon collaborative artistic production.

Publication: Available at reception

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Opening hours
Monday-Friday: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm (Unless otherwise stated)

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Murray Seminars Summer Term 2016

Please find details of the Murray Summer Term seminars listed here:

The first of them is on Friday 22nd April at 5pm in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Sq. WC1H 0PD

Prof. Bernd Nicolai  

Modes of Artistic Expression and Representation. The facade of Bern Minster and fifteenth-century church building programmes in imperial cities’


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CFP: Belonging and Transgression 2016 Deadline Friday 22nd April 2016

Call for Papers

Annual Post-Graduate Conference

‘Belonging and Transgression’ 23rd-24th June 2016

UCL Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry

What is it?

  • UCL-based, open conference for Students in the Arts and Humanities
  • Submissions welcome from multiple Universities and research backgrounds
  • Aimed at Post-Graduate Researchers, Masters Students, or Undergraduates thinking of continuing with Post-graduate study.

Why submit?

  • Great conference experience in a friendly environment.
  • Meet researchers and students working in and around your field.
  • Gain support and feedback from peers and lecturers on your latest research project.
  • The best papers will be published in Tropos, the Society’s journal.

What will you present?

  • Deliver a 15-20 minute paper that connects your research to the conference themes (see attachment), followed by 10-15 minutes of questions from the audience for your panel (moderated by a panel chair).

How to submit?

If you have any queries please get in touch. Looking forward to seeing your submissions.




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FREE Film Screening of ‘Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt’ & Panel Discussion – 5th May 2016

FREE Film Screening of ‘Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt’ and Panel Discussion

Where: Stamford Street Lecture Theatre, 127 Stamford Street, SE1 9NQ 

When: 4:15pm, Thursday 5th May 2016

The KISS-DTC and the Spatial Politics Group (Dept. of Geography) would like to invite you to an exclusive screening of the new, and not-yet-released, documentary by Ada Ushpiz about the life and work of the radical political theorist Hannah Arendt. Featuring academics including Judith Butler, Jerome Kohn, and Richard Bernstein, it is a must see for any students and staff interested in Politics, Philosophy, International Relations, migration, Europe, conflict, violence, totalitarianism, or revolution. Following the screening there will be the opportunity to engage with a panel discussion on Arendt’s Relevance Today with 4 of the leading Arendt scholars from across Europe.

To read more about the film go to:

To book your FREE tickets visit

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