Faces of John Berger08/09/2016
AICAUK in collaboration with Birkbeck Institute of Moving Image, London and the Derek Jarman Lab present:
Faces of John Berger, 11th and 12th November 2016
Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image
Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
A celebration of John Berger on screen and page, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
Screening: The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (UK, 2016)
Friday 11th November, 8pm, Birkbeck Cinema
A series of essay films on Berger’s thought and his life in the French Alps, produced by the Derek Jarman Lab at Birkbeck and directed by Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz and Tilda Swinton (duration: 89 minutes). www.seasonsinquincy.com
Symposium: Faces of John Berger
Saturday 12th November, 11am–5pm, Birkbeck Cinema
This event revisits aspects of John Berger’s work and celebrates his influence on generations of writers, artists and critics. The day will explore four aspects of the author’s prolific output, unravelling its intellectual and practical mechanisms over six decades of cultural production. Rare films and excerpts from Berger’s early TV work accompany discussions of Berger as broadcaster, as activist, as artist and as art critic. With Lisa Appignanesi, John Christie, Jonathan Conlin, Mike Dibb, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gill Hedley, Lynda Nead, Tom Overton, Griselda Pollock, Greg Salter and John Wyver.
Outline of the day
10.30am Registration and coffee
Welcome note by Lisa Appignanesi OBE, introduced by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton (AICA International and AICAUK)
Once Upon a Time (Dir. Mike Dibb and Christopher Rawlence, 1985)
12.30-1.10 John Berger as broadcaster
Discussion led by John Wyver (Illuminations Media and University of Westminster) with Mike Dibb (film and TV director) and Jonathan Conlin (University of Southampton).
1.10-1.40 John Berger as artist
John Christie (artist and filmmaker) discusses his new book co-authored with John Berger, Lapwing & Fox, with Gill Hedley (critic and curator, AICAUK).
1.40-2.40pm Lunch (not provided)
2.40-3.20pm John Berger as art critic
Discussion led by Lynda Nead (Birkbeck), with Greg Salter (University of Birmingham) and Tom Overton (writer and Berger’s biographer).
Bartek Dziadosz (Derek Jarman Lab) introduces an early cut of the film that became A Song for Politics, one of the portraits in The Seasons in Quincy (2016).
3.50-4.40pm John Berger as activist
Discussion with Yasmin Gunaratnam (Goldsmiths, editor of A Jar of Wild Flowers) and Chris Fite-Wassilak (writer, critic and curator, AICAUK).
4.40-5pm Concluding Remarks
Lily Ford (Derek Jarman Lab) and Alfredo Cramerotti (Mostyn and AICAUK)
5-6pm Drinks Reception, Birkbeck Cinema foyer
Tickets for each event cost £5 and can be booked at www2.bbk.ac.uk/bimi/.
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD