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10 and 11 June 2022

Jacques Perconte is a visual artist and a major figure in the French digital art and avant-garde scene since the 1990. He is very prolific and produces a variety of works: films, but also generative pieces, audiovisual performances, photographies and installations. Recently he worked on several commissions including a monumental installation for the Council of the European Union, Europaaour (2022). Perconte’s work has been focusing on landscapes for more than fifteen years. He travels to specific places, be it in France, Scotland or Madeira, and then wanders and roves around, filming and re-filming the same area, exploring the various natural elements, forest, sky, sea, birds, but also traces of human life inscribed in these territories. Then, with his highly sophisticated tools he re-works the digital flow and takes us on a journey into shapes, movements, colours, light, and texture, revealing intimate and unexpected aspects of a performed landscape, as well as unforeseen features of digital moving images. Perconte’s films are a poetic encounter between nature, culture and digital technologies.

These two programmes are a rare opportunity to experience these remarkable journeys, meet Jacques Perconte and discuss his singular approach to both films and the world we live in.

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Book Event


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.

Fruitvale Film Club

The London Campaign Against Police and State Violence ( 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.

14th October 2017
The next screening is 13th (DuVernay, 2016), a documentary exploring how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States.

This event is free to attend, you can sign up using the link below

4 November 2017
The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The film club runs monthly during term time.

Whose mind is it anyway?



Whose Mind is it Anyway? Mental Health, ‘Race’, State Violence and Unthinkable Kinship

A screening and Q & A with Professor Suman Fernando

Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Management Centre, B01.

Friday 26 February, 6.30-8.30pm


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A documentary made for British television in the early 1990s, Whose Mind is it Anyway? John’s Story recounts the various stages of the arrest, sectioning and enforced psychiatric treatment of a Black British man who makes the mistake of insisting both that he is White and that he is related to the Queen. How are the authorities to respond in the face of such provocation?

We are joined for this screening by consultant psychiatrist, academic researcher, writer and campaigner Professor Suman Fernando, author of Mental Health, Race and Culture, who will speak to John’s experience of state violence in the guise of medical care, to the relationship between ‘race’ and contemporary British psychiatry, and to the ‘madness’ of John’s claim of unthinkable kinship.



17 October 2014

6pm – 9pm

Room B04, 43 Gordon Square,
London WC1H OPD

Screening of the new documentary film by Migrant Media + Q&A with Marcia Rigg (Sister of Sean rigg) Minkah Adofo (United Families & Friends Campaign) and Director Ken Fero

Collective memory is a fire that never dies.

Organised by London Campaign Against Police and State Violence & United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC)

(30minutes/UK/2014/Migrant Media)
In August 2011 Britain was on fire – what was the spark that led to the crisis? When Mark Duggan was shot by the police the scene was set for a confrontation but it was not the first time. In this grass-roots documentary we hear why Tottenham burned, show how the flames spread and look at the deep-rooted reasons that have set fires blazing in the last four decades. Four people in this small community, all black and working class, have died at the hands of the police and this film retraces their story. Powerful witness testimonies are balanced against police reaction to the violence that exploded and the film offers a fresh political analysis of the cause of the uprising. Exploring ideas of collective memory ‘Burn’ is poetry for the people.


Fire Walk with Me: Trauma, Catharsis and the Fantasy of Fantastical Kinship
23 May 2014
6 to 9 pm


Birkbeck Cinema, University of London
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Andrew Asibong (author of Mameluke Bath*, Open Books, 2013) and Hannah Eaton (author of Naming Monsters, Myriad Editions, 2013) discuss the impact of David Lynch’s frequently dismissed 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me on their work, and consider Lynch’s importance for imaginative reponses to trauma, fantasy and catharsis. The discussion will be followed by a screening of David Lynch’s film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992).

* Watch “Return to Mameluke Bath”, a documentary on the novel, here.

Ron Peck and Paul Hallam, directors of 1978 British film classic “Nighthawks”

in conversation with Andrew Asibong and audience


6 to 6.15 introduction

6.15 to 8.15 screening of the film

8.15 to 9 questions & answers

Birkbeck Cinema
Friday 25 January 2013, 6 to 9pm

The event is free but please register first by writing to




by Professor LAURA MULVEY

Date: 25 November 2009
Start time: 14.00
Location: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

Free entry; booking recommended

Past Screenings:

23 May 2014: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (David Lynch, 1992)
21 March 2014: Cross-Channel (Ron Peck, 2009)
23 May 2013: 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis)
25 Jan 2013: Nighthawks (Ron Peck and Paul Hallam, 1978)
14 Jun 2011: Mandingo (Richard Fleischer, 1975)
14 Mar 2011: Paris Nous Appartient (Jacques Rivette, 1961)
28 Feb 2011: Desperate Living (John Waters, 1977)
07 Feb 2011: Pressure (Horace Ové, 1975)
10 Jan 2011: Good Bye, Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003)
06 Dec 2010: XXY (Lucía Puenzo, 2007)
20 Oct 2010: Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas, 2008)
04 Oct 2010: Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
16 Jun 2010: The Brood (David Cronenberg, 1979)
09 Jun 2010: The Curse of the Cat People (G. von Fritsch & R. Wise, 1944)
12 May 2010: All about my Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999)
28 Apr 2010: Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
10 Mar 2010: Whity (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1970)
24 Feb 2010: Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1960)
27 Jan 2010: Orphans (P. Mullan, 1997) & La Petite Mort (F. Ozon)
13 Jan 2010: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962)
02 Dec 2009: The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson, 1943)
25 Nov 2009: ‘Under the Skin of the City’ (Rakhshan Bani Etemad, 2003)
04 Nov 2009: 3 Women (Robert Altman, 1977)
14 Oct 2009: Mon Meilleur Ami (Patrice Leconte, 2006)