Call for Proposals: Art at the Frontier of Film Theory: the Work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen

Art at the Frontier of Film Theory: the Work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen.

A student-led symposium: Saturday 29 June 2019

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival is inviting proposals from doctoral students for a one-day student-led symposium about the work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen. The symposium will be the culmination of a programme of events dedicated to Mulvey and Wollen, taking place at Birkbeck from 22 March to 24 May 2019.

The programme is in three parts: an exhibition entitled “Art at the Frontier of Film Theory” which, according to the curators, Oliver Fuke and Nick Helm-Grovas, “uses the gallery space to refract the work of Mulvey and Wollen through the prism of art”; a retrospective of Mulvey-Wollen’s collaborative films, including Riddles of the Sphinx, and Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons; and a series of public talks and workshops on topics such as “Film as Theory” and “Feminist Film Curating”. Information about the exhibition, the film season, and the public talks, is available from the CHASE website and from the website of BIMI and the EFF.

The symposium will take place on Saturday 29 June 2019, in Birkbeck Cinema. This is more than a month after the end of the programme, and therefore the idea of the symposium is to provide a space for critical reflection and debate, with a certain detachment from the programme itself.

Proposals are now welcome from doctoral students wishing to engage with any aspect of this programme of events, or indeed with aspects of the work of Mulvey and Wollen which are not covered by the programme.

Students with interests in any of the following fields may wish to put forward proposals: critical theory, feminism, sexual politics, film theory, experimental film, art practice, history of art, curatorial studies (art or film), cultural history, and others.

In addition to conference papers, the symposium will be open to presentations that take the form of video essays, sound compositions, visual studies, and other creative interventions in the debate around the legacy and contemporary relevance of the Mulvey-Wollen corpus.

We would also like to hear from CHASE students interested in taking an active role in the organisation of the symposium, and/or in the realisation of the actual programme as it unfolds – whether that be assisting with the preparation of certain events, or reporting on them in the form of written blogs or other forms of critical reflection (photography, video, sound).

Deadline: 22nd May – Expressions of interest and conference proposals should be sent to the following address, marked “Mulvey Wollen Programme”: bimi@bbk.ac.uk

On behalf of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival: Matthew Barrington, Leila Nassereldein, Michael Temple.

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The Short Films of Helena Solberg – Fri 8 February 2019 12:00 – 17:00

CILAVS, Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, BIMI

cordially invite you to

The Short Films of Helena Solberg

Brazilian director Helena Solberg’s earlier films are contemporaneous with Brazilian Cinema Novo but her work remains uncharted to most audiences. Following her recent retrospective in São Paulo, the aim of this event is to bring into view Solberg’s earlier documentary films, such as The Interview (1966), The Emerging Woman (1974) and The Double Day (1975).

 

Documentary film genre conventionally uses oral testimonies of personal experiences but Solberg’s use of women’s testimonies suggests the deployment of a feminist practice of storytelling as a way to expose and oppose specific instruments of power. Shot 50 and 40 years ago, Solberg’s subject matters and aesthetic choices make her films current and prescient.

 

A discussion with Dr. Patricia Sequeira Bras (Birkbeck) and Prof. Catherine Grant (Birkbeck) will follow the screening.

 

Fri 8 February 2019

12:00 – 17:00

 

Birkbeck Cinema

43 Gordon Square

London

WC1H 0PD

Entrance free but booking here necessary.

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Call for proposals: BIMI programme 2018/19 – deadline 18 June 2018

Call for proposals: BIMI programme 2018-19

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is currently planning its programme of events for 2018-19.

We welcome proposals from researchers and students working in any discipline or field across the Schools of Arts, Law, SSHP, and Science.

We are very happy to work in collaboration with research centres and institutes at Birkbeck or at other institutions.

All our events take place in the Birkbeck Cinema, typically on Friday evenings 6-9pm and Saturdays 10-5pm.

We can show films in 16mm and 35mm, as well as a variety of digital formats.

We are especially keen to foreground film and other moving image material that is rarely screened in public.

If you would like to propose an idea for an event, please use the following form:

BIMI Call for proposals 2018-19 and send it to bimi@bbk.ac.uk – the deadline for submission is the 18th of June.

Looking forward to hearing about your ideas.

Michael Temple, Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, and Essay Film Festival

Matthew Barrington, interim BIMI Manager

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Call for proposals: BIMI programme 2018-19 deadline 18 June 2018

Call for proposals: BIMI programme 2018-19

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is currently planning its programme of events for 2018-19.

We welcome proposals from researchers and students working in any discipline or field across the Schools of Arts, Law, SSHP, and Science.

We are very happy to work in collaboration with research centres and institutes at Birkbeck or at other institutions.

All our events take place in the Birkbeck Cinema, typically on Friday evenings 6-9pm and Saturdays 10-5pm.

We can show films in 16mm and 35mm, as well as a variety of digital formats.

We are especially keen to foreground film and other moving image material that is rarely screened in public.

If you would like to propose an idea for an event, please use the attached form and send it to bimi@bbk.ac.uk – the deadline for submission is Friday 18 June.

Looking forward to hearing about your ideas.

Michael Temple, Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, and Essay Film Festival

Matthew Barrington, interim BIMI Manager

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Birkbeck_BIMI

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BIMI/Vasari Digital Animation Series: Joey Holder and Candida Powell-Williams – Friday 2 February 2018 6.30pm

Vasari Digital Animation Series: Joey Holder and Candida Powell-Williams
Friday 2 February 6:30 – 9:00
In collaboration with the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology

Artists Joey Holder and Candida Powell-Williams both use animation to explore the relationship between digital and biological forms. Holder’s work considers the structures and hierarchies of the technological and natural worlds, and how these systems are constantly abstracted. Powell-Williams’ practice merges sculptural installations, performance and GIFs, using them to address the construction of identity through objects and memory.
Following screenings of work by both artists, Holder and Powell-Williams will discuss hybrids, molluscs, fantasy and the interplay between the digital and the corporeal in their work.

Joey Holder is a London based artist who received her BA from Kingston University (2001) and her MFA from Goldsmiths (2010). Her artistic practice and research spans video and multimedia installations both online and offline. Her work raises philosophical questions of our universe and things yet unknown, regarding the future of science, medicine, biology and human-machine interactions. Working with scientific and technical experts she makes immersive, multi-media installations that explore the limits of the human and how we experience non-human, natural and technological forms. Mixing elements of biology, nanotechnology and natural history against computer programme interfaces, screen savers and measuring devices, she suggests the impermanence and inter-changeability of these apparently contrasting and oppositional worlds: ‘everything is a mutant and a hybrid’. Connecting forms which have emerged through our human taste, culture and industrial processes she investigates complex systems that dissolve notions of the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’. GM products, virtual biology and aquatic creatures are incorporated into an extended web; challenging our perception of evolution, adaptation and change. By contrasting so-called ‘organic’ and ‘man-made’ substances and surfaces through a series of abstractions, she creates a world of manifold layers, none more unified or natural than the next. These hybridities may suggest a particular function or natural form but remain elusive through their odd displacement.

Recent

solo/duo exhibitions include ‘SELACHIMORPHA’, Photographers Gallery, London (2017), ‘Ophiux’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2016), ‘TETRAGRAMMATON’, LD50, London (duo w/ John Russell) (2016), ‘Lament of Ur’, Karst, Plymouth (duo w/ Viktor Timofeev) (2015);

‘BioStat.’, Project Native Informant, London (2015) and ‘HYDROZOAN’, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2014). Recent group exhibitions include ‘HYDROZOAN’ at the 7th Moscow International Biennale Of Contemporary Art, Russia (2017), ‘WALLPAPERS’ at New Forms

Festival, Canada (2017), ‘Designing Desire’ at FACT, Liverpool, UK (2017), ‘Alien Matter’, Transmediale, Berlin (2017), The Noise of Being, Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2017), ‘Winter is Coming’, Georg Kargl, Vienna (2016), ‘The Uncanny Valley’, Wysing Arts Centre,

Cambridge (2015); BODY HOLES, New Scenario, online exhibition at the 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany (2016), ‘Sunscreen’, online and at Venice Biennale (2015); ‘A Plague of Diagrams’, ICA, London, UK (2015), ‘#WEC- Whole Earth Catalyst’, The Composing

Rooms, Berlin, Germany (2015); ‘h y p e r s a l o n’, Art Basel Miami, USA (2014); ‘Vestige: The Future is Here’, Design Museum, London (2013) and ‘Multinatural Histories’, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Massachusetts, USA (2013).

http://www.joeyholder.com/index.php/2017/porphyrin/

Candida Powell-Williams lives and works in London. She graduated from the RCA, London in 2011. Selected exhibitions include: ‘Boredom and its Acid Touch’, Frieze Live (2017); ‘Tongue Town’, Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo; ‘Cache’, Art Night, London (2017); and ‘Coade’s Elixir’, Hayward Gallery, London (2014). In 2013 Powell-Williams was awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship at BSR, Rome. She is currently artist in residence the Warburg Institute London.

https://www.candidapowell-williams.com

Elizabeth Johnson is an Associate Research Fellow in the Vasari Centre for Art and Technology, Birkbeck

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BIMI: Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image – Autumn Term 2017

Here is the new BIMI programme of events for the autumn term: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/birkbeck-institute-for-the-moving-image/events

Regular thematic strands include ESSAY FILM, GUILT GROUP, DIGITAL ANIMATION, URBAN CHANGE, FRUITVALE FILM CLUB, CHILDREN’S FILM CLUB, PITTSBURGH LECTURE, and LUX ARTISTS’ MOVING IMAGE.

We’re launching this year’s programme and inaugurating our new CINEPHILES strand with a screening of SHOOTING STARS (Anthony Asquith, 1928) in 35mm with live piano accompaniment – preceded by drinks in the Cinema foyer.

Everyone is welcome and virtually all of our events are FREE!

Looking forward to seeing you in the Cinema.

Michael Temple & Matthew Barrington

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BIMI Internship: Deadline for applications 13 October 2017

The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image is currently seeking 1 part-time intern for a period of one year to assist with the work of the Institute for 3.5 hours/week during term time, which equates to 30 weeks. Some flexible working is required including some evenings and weekends, but all working patterns will be agreed in advance.

The interns will work both independently and alongside the Director and the Manager of the Institute and will develop invaluable generic skills which will contribute to future academic careers.

Job Role includes:

  • Assisting with organising the Institute’s events, workshops and conferences.
  • Taking the lead role in updating and maintaining our website and archive of events.
  • Supporting current social networking and other electronic forms of dissemination to publicise events and the work of BIMI.
  • Event logistics – ensuring events run smoothly on the day including meeting and greeting visiting speakers and guests, setting up seminar rooms, loading any PowerPoint or images required etc.
  • Assisting with running the Institute’s blogs, including writing posts, conducting interviews and soliciting contributions from other event attendees and academics

Knowledge and experience required:

  • Some experience of event organisation
  • Familiarity with using social media as a promotional tool
  • Some experience of writing and/or editing blogs
  • A track record of being organised, punctual and having good time management
  • Good written and verbal communication skills

Salary: Grade 5 of the College’s London Pay Scale which is £28,633 pro-rata per annum.

These roles are only open to current Birkbeck PhD candidates or Masters students.

How to apply:

Please send a brief CV and a letter of application to Matthew Barrington: mbarri02@mail.bbk.ac.uk by 10am on Monday 13 October 2017. Interviews for the roles will take place shortly after.

Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of their sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. Birkbeck is a member of the ‘positive about disability’ two ticks scheme and guarantees to interview all candidates who meet the essential criteria for the post.

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BIMI-PITT RESEARCH WORKSHOP 10-12 MAY 2017: URBAN CHANGE – CURRENT RESEARCH IN FILM, TELEVISION AND MEDIA STUDIES

PROGRAMME FOR BIMI-PITT RESEARCH WORKSHOP 10-12 MAY 2017: URBAN CHANGE – CURRENT RESEARCH IN FILM, TELEVISION AND MEDIA STUDIES

The second edition of the biennial research workshop organised by Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh will take place Wednesday 10 May to Friday 12 May 2017. The idea of the workshop is to bring together faculty and postgraduate students from Birkbeck and Pittsburgh to share their ongoing research, to get to know each other in person, and to develop collaborative research projects together. The first edition, “Cinema and the City”, May 2015, was a productive and enjoyable occasion, which has already generated several joint research initiatives, including journal publications, student and staff exchanges, public lectures, curatorial projects, and study days.

The forthcoming edition, entitled “Urban Change”, pursues the broad theme of cinema and the city, while addressing more precisely how moving image culture – in all its changing forms and formats, both aesthetically and technologically speaking – has responded and continues to react to the ongoing economic, social and political transformation of urban environments. These environments are understood as physical spaces but also as places to live, work, love and play, both individually and in terms of interpersonal and community relationships. While the cities of Pittsburgh and London remain significant topics for exploration, the geographical and historical coordinates of this workshop are entirely open, and participants will be exploring urban contexts and examples drawn from France, Algeria, Canada, India, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, Denmark and Sweden.

The workshop is open to all, from Birkbeck and beyond, and we will be especially happy to welcome students and researchers working across the range of research areas and disciplines that BIMI is committed to representing as part of its mission: Film and Media, English, History of Art, Languages, Law, History, Philosophy, Politics, Geography, Psychosocial Studies, Applied Linguistics, and Psychological Sciences.

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Below you will find the BASIC PROGRAMME of the workshop: if you wish to read the presentation abstracts, the contributor profiles, and details of screening materials, or BOOK a place for this FREE event, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urban-change-current-research-in-film-television-and-media-studies-tickets-33888045055

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WEDNESDAY 10 MAY

10:30-11:30

WELCOME/INTRODUCTION with tea & coffee in Cinema foyer

11:30-12:30

Presentation #1

Randall HALLE, Pittsburgh: The Record of Modernity, the Poetics of Urban Change – Heinz Emigholz’s Architecture and Autobiography

12:30-1:30 LUNCH BREAK

1:30-2:30

Presentation #2

Joel McKIM, Birkbeck: Transitional Vancouver: Stan Douglas’s Circa 1948

2:30-3:30

Presentation #3

Curry CHANDLER, Pittsburgh: Visualizing Urban Change and Differential Space in Chris Ivey’s East of Liberty series: Gentrification, Community Activism, and Documentary Film as Aesthetic Spatial Practice

3:30-4:00 TEA BREAK

4:00-5:00

Presentation #4

Melissa BUTCHER, Birkbeck: Creating Hackney as Home – Five Reflections on a London Borough 

5:30-7:00

Early Film Exhibition Tour, with Ian Christie, Birkbeck: Early Cinema Sites in Leicester Square and the West End

Meeting point for the walk: Birkbeck, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

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THURSDAY 11 MAY

10:30-11:30

Presentation #5

Neepa MAJUMDAR, Pittsburgh: Wiring for the Talkies: Bombay’s Cinema Theatres, 1927-1940

11:30-12:30

Presentation #6

Nikhil Thomas TITUS, Pittsburgh: Curated Desires: Examining Intersections of Low-Cost Film Exhibition, Migrant Audiences, and Gentrification in Mumbai

12:30-1:30 LUNCH BREAK

1:30-2:30

Presentation #7

Michael ALLEN, Birkbeck: What Goes Up Must Come Down – Negotiating Social Continuity and Change in the Representation of Post-War Architecture in British Film and Television.

2:30-3:30

Presentation #8

Adam HEBERT, Pittsburgh: Wheels and Reels on Both Sides of the Pond – Skateboarding and City Planning from Philadelphia to London

3:30-4:00 TEA BREAK

4:00-5:00

Presentation #9

Nancy CONDEE, Pittsburgh: Moral Repository – “The landscape of the Russian soul corresponds with the landscape of Russia”

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FRIDAY 12 MAY

10:30-11:30

Presentation #10

Mark BEST, Pittsburgh: Giant Monsters, the City of the Future, and Spectacles of Urban (Non-)Destruction: Gamera visits Expo ’70

11:30-12:30

Presentation #11

Kevin FLANAGAN, Pittsburgh: Hong Kong-D.C. Connection – Transnational Martial Arts Cinema between Regional Production Contexts and Global Audiences

12:30-1:30 LUNCH BREAK

1:30-2:30

Presentation #12

Kelsey CUMMINGS: Analysing Evocations of Urban Destruction in Romantic Comedy, with a Focus on Representations of Women’s Bodies

2:30-3:30

Presentation #13

Janet McCABE, Birkbeck: Female Cartographies, Spatial Mappings, Regional Tourism – Location and The Bridge (Bron/Broen)

3:30-4:00 TEA BREAK

4:00-5:30

CLOSING DISCUSSION/FUTURE PLANS

6:00-9:00

BIMI & BIRMAC with ESSAY FILM FESTIVAL: screening of HOMO SAPIENS

Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria, 2016, 94 minutes, followed by a response to the film by Carl Lavery, University of Glasgow, in conversation with Anna Reading, Kings College London. More information: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/essay-film-festival-prelude-3-homo-sapiens

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SATURDAY 13 MAY

2:00-3:30

Contemporary Urban Media Tour, with Scott RODGERS, Birkbeck: Media and Everyday Life in the Urban Spaces of Fitzrovia, Marylebone, and Soho

Meeting point for the walk: Birkbeck, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

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Michael Temple

Director of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and Essay Film Festival

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@Birkbeck_BIMI

 

BIMI: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/research/birkbeck-institute-for-the-moving-image

 

EFF: http://www.essayfilmfestival.com/

 

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CFP and expressions of interest: BIMI-Pitt Research Workshop – deadline 6 April 2017

Call for proposals and expressions of interest: BIMI-Pitt Research Workshop

The second edition of the biennial research workshop organised by Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) and the University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Program will take place Tuesday 9 May to Thursday 11 May 2017.

The idea of the workshop is to bring together faculty and postgraduate students from Birkbeck and Pittsburgh to share their ongoing research, to get to know each other in person, and to develop collaborative research projects together.

The first edition, “Cinema and the City”, May 2015, was a productive and enjoyable occasion, which has already generated several joint research initiatives, including journal publications, student and staff exchanges, public lectures, curatorial projects, and study days.

The forthcoming edition, entitled “Urban Change”, pursues the broad theme of cinema and the city, while addressing more precisely how moving image culture – in all its changing forms and formats, both aesthetically and technologically speaking – has responded and continues to react to the on-going economic, social and political transformation of urban environments. These environments are understood as physical spaces but also as places to live, work, love and play, both individually and in terms of interpersonal and community relationships. While Pittsburgh and London remain potential urban topics for exploration, the geographical and historical coordinates of this workshop are entirely open, and participants are invited to explore contexts and examples drawn from around the world.

The workshop is open to staff and students from across the range of research areas and disciplines that BIMI is committed to representing as part of its mission at Birkbeck: not just Film and Media, nor exclusively Arts, but equally Law, History, Philosophy, Politics, GEDS, Psychosocial Studies, Applied Linguistics, and Psychological Sciences.

If you would like to participate in the workshop please send a one-page outline of your project marked “BIMI-Pitt workshop” to bimi@bbk.ac.uk by Thursday 6 April 2017.

You are encouraged to present your research as a work in progress rather than a finished “output”, and to explain how your project could be shared with and developed alongside colleagues from other disciplines and institutions.

Time-slots will be generous and there will be time for discussion and socialising during the course of the three-day event.

As the workshop will take place in Birkbeck Cinema, you may wish to suggest material that you would like to show in that setting, including 16mm and 35mm prints, as well as digital formats.

Alternatively, if you would like to attend the workshop as an audience member or potentially as a respondent or chair, please let us know by email (bimi@bbk.ac.uk), as it was the quality of discussion and conversation that made the last workshop such a memorable event.

Michael Temple, Director, and Matthew Barrington, Manager, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and Essay Film Festival

 

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CILAVS and BIMI: Andrés Di Tella in conversation – 24 March 2017 Essay Film Festival

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, CILAVS, and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, BIMI, present the screening of the film:

327 cuadernos: Los diarios de Ricardo Piglia/ 327 notebooks, written and directed by Andrés di Tella (2015).

Andrés Di Tella will be in conversation with John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck) following the screening.

24 March, 2017, 6-8:30 PM

In Spanish with English subtitles

The filmmaker will be in conversation with John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck) following the screening. This is the Opening Night of the ESSAY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: A Critical Eye For Critical Times

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Cinema 1, The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH

Tickets: £7 to £11

For more information and to book go to ICA’s webpage:

https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/essay-film-festival-2017-327-notebooks-filmmaker-conversation

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