Bergman Family Values: A Cinema of Disturbed Attachment
BFI Southbank, Thursday 18 January 2018 18:10.
Bergman’s cinema presents a rich tapestry of relationships, between parents and children, siblings, in-laws, friends and lovers and bonds that are somehow unnameable. How do these films reveal the myriad ways humans ‘attach’ to one another, through mechanisms of love, perversion, normativity, vampirism and contempt? Chair Gaylene Gould (Head of Cinemas, BFI), will be joined by Juliet Mitchell (Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies, University of Cambridge), Andrew Asibong (Reader in Film and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London), and Amber Jacobs (Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London) for an illuminating exploration of Bergman’s transgressive ‘family cinema’ and its emotional implications.
Presented in association with Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community.
8 January – 16 February 2018: Replaced Lives
The Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck
Printmaking is a global art form that makes and plays with multiples and series. It is a means for reproduction that has many different uses and connotations, and responds to a need to duplicate, transfer and translate.
For these reasons, BRAKC commissioned four artist printmakers who share the same studio, to create a unique visual response to their conference’s theme of ‘Replacement’. All four artists explored one aspect in the drama of replacement – that of replaced lives.
Jan Bastow depicts the dramatic impact of technology and worldwide mass communication on the lives of four generations of women. Catherine Guy-Murrell reframes viewpoints to emphasise multiple perspectives in the mechanics of perception. Ros Ingham uses metaphors to comment on both continuity and change in our links to the past and our relationship to objects. Trish Roberts’ work reveals a very personal WWI story: the tragic death of a wife and mother whose sudden disappearance and replacement had consequences still in evidence today.
Working in 2D and 3D, on paper, textiles and ceramics, the artists have used new and more traditional printmaking techniques that conjure up hidden layers, shapes and textures. As a result each print is both unique and original, deliberately created for the part it must play in reflecting intense narratives and changing states of being.
Birkbeck, School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
Saturday: 10am – 5pm (Unless otherwise stated)
Fruitvale Film Club
The London Campaign Against Police and State Violence (https://www.facebook.com/LCAPSV/) is a friends- and family-led campaign group opposing all forms of police and state brutality against communities in London and beyond. In alliance with the Birkbeck research centres BIMI and BRAKC, we put on a monthly free film screening to provide a space where it is possible to enjoy an interesting movie but also to share and discuss experiences of violence, objectification, oppression and harassment. This could include intrusions such as constant stop and search, or physical violence, or the everyday stress of being made to feel you somehow have to account for yourself and your experiences of racism. We’ve shown a diverse range of films in the past (Fruitvale Station, Pressure, Candyman, Poetic Justice and the anti-psychiatric abuse documentary Whose Mind is it Anyway? – John’s Story). Anyone is welcome at our events and anyone is welcome to suggest future films for us to show and discuss.
This event is free to attend, you can sign up using the link below
The film club runs monthly during term time.
15 November 2017
“Narrating the Community”
Professor Rémi Astuc
(Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France)
Can community be narrated ? Can it be verbally articulated, when community is above all a feeling? Many leaders (and maybe artists?) have longed for those magical words that would unite people.
Using what anthroplogy teaches us, especially in magic and rituals, we will consider the possibility of finding communal energy again and of putting it into practice in today’s world. From ancient myths to contemporary literature, art has undoubtedly had an essential role to play in the quest for narratives that could unite humanity.
Rémi Astruc is Professeur de littératures francophones et comparées at Université de Cergy-Pontoise, where he was also Director of the Department of Literature. He is an expert on representations of identity and community in literature, comedy and the grotesque, and the anthropological function of literature, and is the author of numerous books and articles on these themes.
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Place: 43 Gordon Square, room 323
5 December 2017 [EVENT POSTPONED]
(Artist, critic, writer and Birkbeck School of Arts PhD student)
Sally O’Reilly’s practice-based research tests the strength and extent of connections formed through and on the railway. Her performative works take the train carriage or station platform as subject matter and site, comprising material and social forms to be mobilised or perturbed by text. In this presentation, she will share a sketch for a new spoken-word audio piece through which she is exploring the interference generated when conventions of contemporary art are introduced to the ‘weak’ community of a train carriage.