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VC GUEST LECTURES and SCREENING SERIES SPRING 2011

VC GUEST LECTURES and SCREENING SERIES SPRING 2011
  

27 January – TOM HUNTER
Senior Research Fellow of the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Hunter graduated from the London College of Printing with a BA First Class Honours [1994] and took his MA at the Royal College of Art, London [1997]. In 1998, he won the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award and in 2006. He has exhibited work both nationally and internationally.

A Palace for Us – screening & artist’s talk
This magical film made with older residents on the Woodberry Down estate in Hackney weaves the memories of people who grew up in east London and have lived on the estate since it opened into a silvery thread of meaning illuminated by dramatisations of their experiences filmed in the aged, but dignified, Woodberry Down buildings and public spaces. The estate, begun in 1946 and completed in 1963, was like a “palace” to one participant that remembered the East End slums. Contemporary art often seems obsessed with youth: here it listens to the stories the old have to tell.

3 February – JO LONGHURST
London-based artist. Recent exhibitions include Krakow Photomonth, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, NGBK, Berlin National Media Museum & Museum Folkwang, Essen. New works are supported by a Leverhulme fellowship and a NMeM Photography Bursary

On Perfection
Jo will talk about The Refusal, her study of the British Whippet, with a focus on conventions of portraiture, perfect body form, and the contradictory controlling/loving relationship between human and dog, and Other Spaces, an ongoing project, developed alongside an artist-led symposium for the Whitechapel Gallery, which switches her enquiry from the ideal body to the perfect performance, exploring the physical and emotional experiences of elite gymnasts.

10 February – ALIA SYED
Syed has shown at film festivals around the world including the ICA, Birmingham, Auckland, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, London 2003. Syed currently teaches at Southampton Solent University. Her work embraces a wide range of film practices, eluding a single, definable form. Her art problematises the image particularly in relation to notions of gender and cultural difference.

Wallpaper – screening & artist’s talk
In this performative documentary between four generations of women, Syed uses the memory of a wall painting her grandmother made in her late forties to explore the matrilineal relationships within her immediate family. Giving precedence to the relational dynamics of filming, this split screen work intercuts various combinations of video, which documents the process of making a 16mm film, with the actual 16mm footage.

17 February – DAVE TOMPKINS
Brooklyn-based writer that has written for The Wire, Village Voice and The Believer. His book How To Wreck A Nice Beach:The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop was named “Entertainment Book of the Year” by Amazon and was included in Village Voice’s Top Ten books of 2010. More vocoder crosstalk can be found at howtowreckanicebeach.com.

How To Wreck A Nice Beach

traces the history of the vocoder from speech compression to secret telephony instrument for the Allies during World War II and on to its role in pop culture. Invented by Bell Labs in 1928, this device scrambled the phone calls of Churchill and FDR, transforming echelons into Cylons. During the Cold War, Nixon’s future science advisor, Ed David, wrote that the vocoder would bring us closer to the robot. During the 1970’s and ’80s, the vocoder would be repurposed as the freak voice of hip-hop and electronic music. Also discussed: artificial larynges, the Sonovox, Auto-Tune, the Talk Box, cell phones, and the frog in your throat. We are clear.

Lectures at 5pm in the RHB Cinema ALL WELCOME


  
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