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Faces of John Berger


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).


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

11-11.30am Welcome

Welcome note by Lisa Appignanesi OBE, introduced by Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton (AICA International and AICAUK)

11.30am-12.30pm Screening

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).

3.20-3.50pm Screening

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

Birkbeck Cinema

43 Gordon Square

London WC1H 0PD