Exhibitions / FACES OF JOHN BERGER Symposium and Screenings

11.11.2016 to 12.11.2016

FACES OF JOHN BERGER

On Saturday 12th November, some 70 readers, scholars and collaborators of John Berger gathered at Birkbeck Cinema to discuss his work on page and screen, in a symposium organised by us at the Derek Jarman Lab with AICA-UK and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image.  Here are some photographs from the day. Thanks to all the participants, and to Matthew Barrington and Michael Temple at BIMI. Photography by Robyn Jakeman.

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Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, president of AICA-UK, starting the day.

 

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Lisa Appignanesi, OBE, giving a welcome during which she spoke about her collaborations with John from the Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative onwards and reflected on his relevance to the current moment.

 

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Organisers Lily Ford, of the Derek Jarman Lab, and Alfredo Cramerotti, of AICA-UK and Mostyn.

 

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John Wyver (Illuminations Media and the University of Westminster), Mike Dibb (filmmaker, director of Ways of Seeing and many other films with Berger) and Jonathan Conlin (University of Southampton) discussing John as broadcaster.

 

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John Christie (filmmaker, publisher, artist and writer) and Gill Hedley (critic and curator) discussing Christie’s collaboration with John including the recent book and exhibition, Lapwing and Fox.

 

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Greg Salter (University of Birmingham), Tom Overton (writer and editor of Berger’s Portraits and Landscapes) and Lynda Nead (Birkbeck) discussing Berger as art writer.

 

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Lily Ford (Derek Jarman Lab), Yasmin Gunaratnam (Goldsmiths and editor of A Jar of Wild Flowers) and Chris Fite-Wassilak discuss Berger as activist.

 

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Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds) gave a magisterial and inspiring summary of the day’s proceedings.

FACES OF JOHN BERGER full description:

AICAUK, BIMI, and The Derek Jarman Lab present
Faces of John Berger

11th & 12th November 2016

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD – UK

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, 6pm, 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). http://www.seasonsinquincy.com
Symposium: Faces of John Berger
Saturday 12th November, 11am–5pm, Birkbeck Cinema

This event revisits aspects of 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.

Organised by Lily Ford, Derek Jarman Lab, Birkbeck, University of London, and Alfredo Cramerotti, MOSTYN & AICAUK

 

Full documentation and audio files here