Essay Film Festival 2019 – The Joycean Society – Sunday 31 March


A famously mammoth and difficult text, James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake (1939) has long been regarded as a labyrinth of interpretations. In The Joycean Society (2013), Spanish artist and filmmaker Dora García follows the activities of a small, Zurich-based group of Joyce enthusiasts who have met weekly for over thirty years to share their observations and interpretations of the Irish writer’s famed text. The film documents the group’s debates and discussions over their heavily annotated and well-thumbed copies of the book, depicting the importance of both the text and the rituals surrounding the group’s meetings.

This screening will be followed by an informal discussion led by Dr. Joe Brooker and Professor Finn Fordham.
This screening is presented in collaboration with LUX with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).
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Essay Film Festival 24 March – 1 April 2017

The Essay Film Festival 24 March-1 April 2017 has now gone live:

We have some fantastic guests coming to the festival this year to show and share their work: Andrés Di Tella, Babette Mangolte, Deborah Stratman, Volker Pantenburg, Werner Dütsch, Kevin B. Lee, Zoe Beloff, Huang Ya-Li, George Clark, Sarah Wood, Ehsan Khoshbakht, and, closing the festival, Jocelyne Saab!

Screenings will take place at ICA, Birkbeck Cinema, and the Goethe-Institute. Some events are free, and tickets for all events are now available for booking.

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Best wishes

Michael Temple

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

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ICA Student Placement Opportunities: Deadline 4 December 2016

The ICA are currently looking for 2 students interested in taking on placements at over the winter period for the following departments;

To apply students will need to send a CV and a covering letter, stating which of the roles above they are interested in and why, to:<>.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 4 December 2016, and interviews will take place w/c 12 December 2016

As ever students will be expected to commit to working 2 days a week for a minimum of 3 months. The ICA can contribute to travel within London zones 1-4.

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Open Call for Applications: ICA Student Forum – Deadline 14th November 2016

FAO: Research students working on the contemporary:

If you are interested in the opportunity below and wish to apply please discuss with your supervisor:


Interested in co-curating public events for the ICA programme?

Want to become part of a wider student community?

Keen to engage with contemporary art practitioners, student peers and ICA staff?

We are looking for dynamic students to join our Student Forum and help to shape a public programme of events in response to the ICA exhibition programme, film screenings, talks and performances.

Working closely with ICA staff and your peers, students will engage with contemporary art practitioners as well as participate in current debates around art practice, devising, planning, and co-producing a number of collectively conceived events over a year to forge an interdisciplinary programme of events.

Student Forum members also benefit from a year’s ICA Membership, learn to work with the practical and budgetary constraints of an institution, and conceive of events that respond to the overall vision of the ICA.

The ICA is a multi-disciplinary art institution that has been at the forefront of radical art practices since its inception in 1946, presenting an innovative and challenging programme of visual arts, contemporary music, international cinema, performance, live arts, talks and debates.

The ICA is hoping to work with approximately 10-15 new participants to the Student Forum. We are seeking a balance of interests, creative disciplines, undergraduates as well as postgraduates.

The ICA is committed to Equal Opportunities and Diversity. If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to attend an open meeting of the ICA Student Forum towards the end of November 2016.

If you are interested, please send us a few lines on your current activities, the focus of your course and years of study, and up to 250 words in response to each of the following questions:

What type of events have you attended at the ICA?

What projects have you curated or been involved in recently?

What are your experiences of collectivised decision making/collaborative working?

What would you like to gain from joining the ICA Student Forum?

Please e-mail your responses to:

Deadline is Monday 14 November at 5pm.

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BIMI Spring Term 2016 Programme Announced

The 2016 Spring programme for Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image has been announced:

Highlights include:

  • Mike Taanila-Erkki Kurenniemi/“The Future Is Not What It Used to Be” in collaboration with LUX and MIT Press
  • Essay Film Festival preludes: Sue Clayton/“The Song of the Shirt”; Vincent Dieutre/“Orlando Ferito”; Basil Wright/Harun Farocki double-bill; Filippos Koutsaftis/“Mourning Rock”
  • Jean-Luc Godard: Out-takes from a Retrospective
  • Veronica Pravadelli book launch/ “Classic Hollywood. Life Styles and Film Styles 1930-1960”

Plus: regular Guilt Group and Sci/Film events, and Children’s Film Club

And on the horizon: the second BIMI Essay Film Festival in collaboration with the ICA, 17-24 March – programme to be published shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you at Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.

Follow us on Twitter: @Birkbeck_BIMI


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Free Tickets – Bunuel Retrospective

Hopefully you will have heard about the current CHASE collaboration with The ICA on the currently running Luis Bunuel retrospective:

As part of the collaboration, CHASE has been allocated 8 free tickets for each of the following events:

Please could I ask you to publicise the availability of these tickets to students and staff at your institutions. Tickets are available on a first come first served basis by emailing

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ICA: Luis Buñuel Retrospective – 12th November to 6th December 2015

Luis Buñuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational 

ICA retrospective

12th November – 6th December 2015

‘the best director in the world’ – Alfred Hitchcock

Watch the season trailer

Luis Buñuel was a leader of avant-garde surrealism, an iconoclast and provocateur. He remains one of the most revolutionary filmmakers of all time.

We are excited to bring you a retrospective celebrating Buñuel’s work from the very beginning of his career with one of the most famous short films ever made, Un Chien Andalou (1929), through his extraordinary Mexican period including Los Olvidados (1950), Nazarin (1959) and The Exterminating Angel (1962), to his last works and such legendary films as Belle de Jour (1967), Tristana (1970) and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972).

There will be rare screenings of Él and The Young One and the majority of the films will be presented from 35mm prints. There is also the rare chance to see short film Eating Sea Urchins, a surrealist home movie that Buñuel filmed at Salvador Dali’s house in 1930.

Highlights of the season include panel discussions and Q&As with speakers including eminent collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, grandson Diego Buñuel, leading academics such as Maria Delgado, Jo EvansPeter Evans, Julian Gutierrez-Albilla and Rob Stone, and film critics Tim Robey (The Telegraph) and Ryan Gilbey (The New Statesman and The Guardian).


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