Wellcome Collection, 16th June, 10.30-1700
As humans, we have an ability to empathise with one another. Reading emotions and sharing them are integral to our survival and social cohesion. But why is it that objects can also spark these feelings in us? When we watch puppets, what triggers our emotions? Is it their movement or is it simply the stories they tell? And can we be just as moved by everyday objects?
None of these questions have straightforward answers, but in this unique event we’ll uncover the latest science exploring the mysteries of empathy in puppetry and elsewhere in culture.
The morning will start with an extract of Blind Summit’s critically acclaimed performance The Table, followed by discussion about the relationship between puppeteers and puppets. Satellite performances will happen over lunch, followed by a discussion about the ways we relate to objects in the afternoon.
Consortium Director Steve Connor, author of Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things (London: Profile, 2011), will give a talk at this event entitled Feeling Things. Mistrusting our conventional mistrust of the attachment to material things, it will consider some of the emotions that objects help or even teach us to feel – disgust, curiosity, and tenderness. Perhaps, without objects, we would never learn how to love, or love to learn.
£20 full price/£15 concession including a full day of discussion and performance as well as lunch and refreshments.
To book, please call 020 7611 2222.
The London Sound Seminar offers an opportunity for research students and faculty in London to explore issues relating to the history and theory of all forms of sound-making and auditory culture.
Wednesday 1 February, 4.30-6.00 pm [Rm 113, 43 Gordon Square]
‘The Soundproof Study: Victorian Professional Identity and Urban noise’ in John M. Picker, Victorian Soundscapes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), pp.41–81 [also look at pp.15–16 from Ch.1]
Wednesday 15 February, 4.30-6.00 pm [Rm 113, 43 Gordon Square]
Emily Thompson, ‘Noise and Modern Culture, 1900–1933′, in The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900–1933 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002), pp.115–168
Wednesday 29 February, 4.30-6.00 pm [Rm 114 – Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square – NOTE DIFFERENT ROOM].
‘The Noise of Almost Nothing’ – talk by Hillel Schwartz (author of Making Noise)
Wednesday 14th March, , 4.30-6.00 pm [Rm 113, 43 Gordon Square]
Friedrich Kittler, extracts from Gramophone, Film Typewriter and forthcoming chapter ‘The God of Ears’ (on Pink Floyd’s ‘Brain Damage’) [selections TBC]
To subscribe to the London Sound Seminar mailing list: from the email address you wish to subscribe with, send the following command within the body of the message to email@example.com: SUBSCRIBE LONDONSOUNDSEMINAR Firstname Lastname
We will use the list for announcements of meetings and events, and it can be used for discussion too. To send an message to the list, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Thread is a unique concept in live talk radio, bringing together accomplished thinkers from academia, the arts and the professions to consider crucial questions both pressing and obscure. From the playful to the political, from theory to theology, The Thread is a free space for the intellect, bringing challenging conversation out into the public domain.
The Thread has previously hosted speakers like former London mayor Ken Livingstone, television presenter and journalist Richard Johnson and media and technology scholar Chris Brauer.
On 1 June 2010 it launches its fourth season on Resonance 104.4fm, London’s community arts station, going deeper into the big questions with the theme of ‘Inside’. Guests for this season include novelist Jake Arnott, Guardian writer Bidisha, writer and mythographer Marina Warner, art historian Ysanne Holt and historian of medicine Ruth Richardson.
Resonance 104.4fm broadcasts from central London, with a simultaneous webcast from www.resonancefm.com
The Thread is hosted, created and produced by graduate students from the London Consortium, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between Birkbeck College, Tate, the ICA, the Architectural Association and the Science Museum.
Season four schedule (subject to change)
For the Thread team, this is the first time we have attempted to produce a set of thematic conversations. The connective tissue we devised is this idea of inside. Clearly, this term easily suggests the oppositional, but is was not the contrast to the outside that initially excited us. Rather, it is the suggestion of being, and being positioned on the inside that is the fundamental fascination. We grasped that we wanted to get inside these questions, systems of knowledge, continents, rubrics, intimacies and problems because that is where a deeper engagement with our common culture can begin. We would like you to be in the room with us throughout this series. Please join us.
1 June 2010, 18.30 – 19.30 BST – Inside Code. Encoding and decoding appear in contemporary context as a fundamental feature of technology, in our use of language and in our social interactions, from html to language coding and literary symbolism. How, and through what means, do people encode and decode?
8 June 2010, 18.30 – 19.30 BST – Inside Africa. From Live 8 to a glut of Hollywood films like Blood Diamond, images of Africa in the west are largely limited to war, poverty, crime, disease and disaster. Here we discuss the view from inside Africa, emphasising the recognition of an authentically African voice that might speak for itself.
15 June 2010 18.30 – 19.30 BST – Inside Job. Crime film and fiction both evince a consistent fascination with the inside job, criminal activity carried out with insider help or perpetuated by someone on the inside. This show considers the social causes and philosophical implications of performing crime from a privileged position.
22 June 2010 18.30 – 19.30 BST – Inside the Body. Historically the only way to look inside the human body during an autopsy. Since the late 70s, technologies such as MRI (Magenetic Resonance Imaging) allow for non-invasive imaging and even researching the workings of the living brain. How do changing ways of viewing our anatomies affect scientific research and understandings of humanity?
6 July 2010 18.30 – 19.30 BST – Outside the City. How do metropolitan centres construct the rural, and what effects does this have on the people living in non-metropolitan regions? How does the rural speak back? The history of art provides a way of thinking through these questions, from tourism to changing attitudes towards landscape and the pastoral.
13 July 2010 18.30 – 19.30 BST – Inside the Bedroom. How have both male and female sexualities and identities have been impacted by the increasing ‘pornification’ of mass culture? How has this violent entry of a specific type of sexuality into public discourse impacted on real sex?
20 July 18.30 – 19.30 BST – Borders. Popular discourse is filled with references to the borders that we live in or around: identity borders, national borders, contact zones and scientific frontiers. How do borders fundamentally structure the world, and are they the only way in which we can know how to locate ourselves?
27 July 18.30 – 19.30 BST – Inside Fear. Fear is a fundamental feature of the contemporary landscape. We live in terror of things getting inside: the enemy within, terrorists within our borders, even contagions and pathogens. How does the interiority of fear affect our relations with the world?
Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern
Saturdays 5 June – 10 July 2010
Led by Lucy Scholes and Richard Martin
Combining film, literary and psychoanalytic theory, this six-week course explores the fascinating theoretical connections within the work of Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Stanley Kubrick. Honing in on Kubrick’s controversial last film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – adapted from Schnitzler’s novella Dream Story (1926), which in turn can be traced back to Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) – we will consider how successfully cinema has depicted the dynamics of desire, dreams and fantasy.
Classes will begin with a short introductory lecture on the main themes of the week, with class discussion – in small break-out groups and as a whole – forming the majority of each session. Eyes Wide Shut will be screened as part of an extended first session, and the course will also include a session led by the film’s executive producer, Jan Harlan, as well as visits to Tate Modern’s Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera exhibition and to the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London.
Booking details, and a full course outline, are available here.
Transplant, a film by Consortium students Paul Craddock and Walter Stabb, is now online at static.tv.org, the London Consortium’s TV channel. The film explores and reflects on the collaboration of sound artist John Wynne and photographer Tim Wainwright in their Transplant project.
Other recent additions to the channel include Anish Kapoor in conversation with Sir Nicholas Serota at the Royal Academy, a report by Jessica Lee and Jon Law on the Bust Craftacular in New York and Leandro Cardoso and James Wilkes’s filmed interview with artist Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre about her exhibition Do You Remember Olive Morris?
The London Consortium Presents:
Graduate Conference – University of London, Birkbeck: April 29 -30, 2010
Abstracts are invited for papers exploring the following issues from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.
This conference explores the interplay between film, identity and history in the context of crisis and catastrophe. We approach the topic through analysis of particular films as well as through a theoretical consideration of the work of film as medium. It is not so much the crisis or the catastrophe itself, but the cultural function of its filmic representation in engaging collective memory, history and identity that draws our attention. Crisis and catastrophes serve as a narrative strategy and mode of representation in order to make history accessible. As films reconstruct the past according to present readings of historic events, the reworking of catastrophes and crisis in audiovisual media oftentimes serves to legitimate current collectives. This generates questions about the exclusion of certain visions of the past and about the possibility to interrogate dominating historical narratives through audiovisual media, and particularly through film. Indeed, interrogating the filmic affinity for catastrophes and crisis requires attention to the audiovisual media as such, articulating the correlation between the logic of collective identity building and the inherent logic of media and genre, the relation between transnational media distribution and local reception, and the possibilities of medial resistance.
Papers are invited to consider these issues, but also other possible approaches, encouraging submissions from a range of disciplines in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. Speakers should be prepared for a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions.
Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2010
Please send a 250-word abstract, as well as a brief biography (100 words) to email@example.com. Proposals should list paper title, name, contact details, institutional affiliation and any necessary audiovisual requirements.
Successful applicants will be notified by March 1, 2010.
Please note there is a conference registration fee of £30.00, which will be due by March 15 2010. We regret that travel funding for conference participants is not available at this time.
INTERIOR TRACES: A NEW RADIO DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE PROJECT EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF BRAIN IMAGING ON SOCIETY
When the first neurologists started mapping the brain’s functions, they profoundly changed our understanding of its relation to the mind. Today, imaging technologies allow us to observe the structures of the living brain in incredible detail, whilst the future promises an ever-greater appreciation of how our brain, environment, and genes interact to produce behaviour and personality.
Interior Traces is a six-part radio drama, video, performance and debate that looks at how our images and imaginings of the brain have radically changed medicine, law, ethics and our sense of self, and might continue to do so. Spanning one hundred and thirty years, it examines the possible lives of two characters had they lived in
The episodes are accompanied by specially-commissioned video works and musical scores and will be performed at three live events in
For full details and booking information see www.interiortraces.com
The current editors of Static, the online journal of the London Consortium, invite you to the launch of Static 8, the theme of which is: General. We will be celebrating with a special screening of Buster Keaton’s acclaimed 1927 film The General, with Neil Brand providing live piano accompaniment. The screening will be followed by a drinks reception and will take place on
Friday 30th January, at 6pm. In the Birkbeck Cinema:
41 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury Birkbeck, University of London, London, WC1H 0PD
We hope to see as many of you as possible there; however, as space is limited, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting “RSVP” in the subject line.
Static 8: General features contributions from Consortium students both present and past. Cécile Guédon’s ‘Abstract Shadows: An Aesthetics of the General’ considers the polarity between the particular and the general in modernism; Matt Taunton examines the responses of Georg Lukács and Theodor Adorno to Samuel Beckett in terms of the question of generalizable experience; and Christien Garcia investigates problems of categorization and community posed in and around queer theory. Other articles include an interview with AA Bronson of the artistic trio General Idea and a consideration of Rem Koolhaus’s concept of the ‘generic city’.
Look for Static 8: General online in February.
Figuring Landscapes is a remarkable collection of moving image works that has grown from the background of the political and cultural history that links the UK and Australia. Presented internationally as a series of screening programmes, the works in Figuring Landscapes address questions of ecological survival, post-industrialism, gender, the touristic gaze, and uniquely in Australia, the social, political and cultural status of Indigenous people in a post-colonial society.
25 – 30 November 2008: Figuring Landscapes premieres at ArtSway in the New Forest;
Tuesday 25 November at 7pm: Gallery talk with Steven Ball and Catherine Elwes
ArtSway, Station Road, Sway, Hampshire SO41 6BA
tel: +44(0)1590 682260
Figuring Landscapes screens across the weekend of 6 February 2009 at Tate Modern, London then tours the UK through 2009 to Showroom, Sheffield; Chapter Arts, Cardiff; Cinematheque, Brighton; Bureau, Salford; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Vivid, Birmingham; FACT, Liverpool; Glimmer, Hull. Full details to be confirmed. Australian venues will be announced in 2009.
Figuring Landscapes is complemented by a major catalogue edited by London Consortium PhD student Eu Jin Chua, Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball. It is handsomely designed by Oscar Bauer and Ewan Robertson and contains extensive programme notes, artists’ biographies and colour images. A collection of reflective and contextualising essays are included by members of
the curatorial team and academic commentators. Professor Malcolm Andrews, Eu Jin Chua, Professor Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball, Dr. Stan Frankland, Professor Ross Gibson, Dr. Eric Hirsch, Professor Pat Hoffie and Dr. Danni Zuvela. Selection of extracts from the catalogue essays.
Vernon Ah Kee, Steven Ball, George Barber, Anna Cady, Peter Callas, Nick Collins, John Conomos, Roz Cran, Daniel Crooks, Sergio Cruz, Sofia Dahlgren, Dalziel + Scullion, Destiny Deacon, Sarah Dobai, Ann Donnelly, Jeff Doring, Catherine Elwes, Merilyn Fairskye, Allan Giddy, John Gillies, Shaun Gladwell, Dryden Goodwin, Tony Hill, Hollington & Kyprianou, Tammy Honey, Hobart Hughes, John Hughes & Peter Kennedy, Matt Hulse, Esther Johnson, Lyndal Jones, Andrew Kötting, Sandra Landolt, Mike Latto, Brendan Lee, Eugenia Lim, David Mackenzie, Mike Marshall, Jo Millett, Scott Morrison, Matthew Murdoch, Susan Norrie & David Mackenzie, David Perry, Patricia Piccinini, Bronwyn Platten, William Raban, Dominic Redfern, Emily Richardson, Ben Rivers, Semiconductor, Dan Shipsides, Genevieve Staines, Margaret Tait, David Theobald, Warwick Thornton & Darren Dale, Hugh Watt.
Figuring Landscapes Team
Figuring Landscapes devised by Catherine Elwes & Steven Ball
Australian Curators: Professor Pat Hoffie & Dr. Danni Zuvela.
UK Curators: Professor Catherine Elwes & Steven Ball.
Programme Advisors: Peter Bonnell, Eu Jin Chua, Stuart Comer, Harry Darby, Dr. Stan Frankland, Dr. Eric Hirsch, Mark Segal.
For full information visit: www.figuringlandscapes.co.uk
21 November 2008 ICA, Cinema 1, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH, 6.30pm
Betting on Shorts (BoSs): More than a Eurovision of Shortfilm is an international short film contest with simultaneous screenings in 13 cities all over Europe. In its fourth year at the ICA, BoSs presents this year’s programme of short films on the theme Money Money Money.
The films are judged in each venue by a local jury and the overall favourite is awarded a prize. After the screening we’ll convene in the ICA bar and set up an audiolink to all participating venues to find out which film has won in which city.The film that has won in most is awarded fame, glory and £500 in cash!
Before the show begins the audience will be asked to bet on who will be the grand winner. Check out clips of the films in the ICA bar or on the Betting on Shorts website from 15 November.
Bet on the right film and win an ICA Membership or cinema tickets. Audience winners will be announced in the bar as soon as all the juries’ decisions are in. Join us for music and celebrations in the bar from 8pm till late.
Sponsored by The London Consortium, Minimatik, Nextnode.net and Plaisio.
Curated by Ricarda Vidal, Irini Marinaki and Konstantinos Stefanis.www.bettingonshorts.comThe London Jury includes: Steven Connor (London Consortium), Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival), Kathy Noble (Tate Modern), Tejinder Jouhal (ICA), Caren Willig (BFI). Tickets: £8 / £7 Concessions / £6 ICA Members. Book here.
The University of Hertfordshire’s School of Art and Design is running a conference examining the concept of luxury. The conference, entitled “In Pursuit of Luxury: commercial and academic perspectives on luxury”, intends to expand the parameters of the debate around the concepts of luxury to provide a refreshing context to construe the familiar debates surrounding the subject.
By discussing the history of luxury against contemporary issues, the event seeks to focus on a range of issues. These include: what do we understand by the term luxury and can it or should it be applied to luxury branded goods today? Does contemporary branding allow such goods to remain luxurious, even though they have been mass-produced? What do the terms such as value, consumerism, fashion, taste or connoisseurship really tell us about modern spending habits?
The conference will be held on Friday 19th June 2009 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in Central London. Keynote speakers are confirmed as Emanuel Ungaro and Professor Chris Berry. Registration is open from Monday 26th January 2009.
A call for papers has opened with a deadline of Monday 15th December; the conference organisers invite submissions under a range of broad headings. Possible strands may include:
• Sociology and luxury
• Luxury and emerging economies
• Ethics, politics and luxury
• Luxury and craft
• Luxury and popular culture
• Luxury, globalisation and branding
• Luxury and design
• Luxury and fashion
• Luxury and jewellery
• Luxury and the history of consumption
For more information please see the following websites:
Saturday 18 October – Sunday 19 October
Manifesto Marathon Day 1:
Saturday 18 October, 12 noon – 9.40 pm
Manifesto Marathon Day 2:
Saturday 19 October, 10 am – 7 pm
London Consortium student Lee Scrivner will perform his new manifesto The Sound Moneyfesto at the Serpentine Gallery’s Manifesto Marathon on Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 pm.
Two day ticket £35
One day ticket £20 full price £15 concessions
Please note that the Manifesto Marathon takes place inside the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion so access to the interior of the Pavilion will be restricted for visitors not attending the event.
Manifesto Marathon, the third in the Serpentine Gallery’s acclaimed series of Marathon events, takes place in the closing weekend of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, designed by Frank Gehry. Manifesto Marathon comes at a time when artists are working less in formal groups and defined artistic movements. The Marathon showcases a new generation of artists alongside practitioners from the worlds of literature, design, science, philosophy, music and film who are returning to the historical notion of the manifesto. The Manifesto Marathon draws on the Serpentine Gallery’s close proximity to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, which has been used as a platform by Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell and William Morris, among many others.
Avant-garde pioneer Yoko Ono, Gilbert & George, who famously proclaimed ‘Art for All’, Ben Vautier, key protagonist of the Fluxus movement, and legendary artist Elaine Sturtevant will join a new generation of artists such as Terence Koh, Hilary Koob-Sassen and Athanasios Argianas to present their manifestos for the 21st century in this two-day ‘futurological congress’ in the park. The Marathon will also feature architects, including Andrea Branzi, Peter Cook, Charles Jencks, Claude Parent and Rem Koolhaas; scientists, writers and historians including the eminent Eric Hobsbawm; film directors including the legendary Agnès Varda; and philosophers, designers, and musicians including musical revolutionary Brian Eno. Vivienne Westwood’s manifesto Active Resistance to Propaganda will be presented by 26 performers and Marina Abramovi? will be accompanied by 14 performers.
This year’s Manifesto Marathon is the third in a series of Marathon events conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects and follows the 2006 24-Hour Interview Marathon, created with Rem Koolhaas, and the 2007 Experiment Marathon, created with Olafur Eliasson. For more information about past Marathons click here.
Tickets available from: Ticket Web 08700 600100
www.ticketweb.co.uk or the Gallery lobby desk.
London Consortium director Steve Connor and student Lee Scrivner will be contributing lectures to Resonance FM’s Free University of the Airwaves which runs from 18-22 August 2008. Steve Connor’s ‘Taking to the Air’ will be broadcast on 104.4FM or online at on Monday 18 August at 10.00 and 19.00. Lee Scrivner’s ‘Aphorism’ will be broadcast at 12 noon on Friday 22 August.
Static, the online journal of the London Consortium, launches a call for submissions for two forthcoming issues, Static 7 Catastrophe and Static 8 General http://static.londonconsortium.com/
STATIC 7 CATASTROPHE
“What happened, has not happened: thus spoke patience, that the end might not be hurried.” Maurice Blanchot, The Writing of The Disaster
The catastrophe takes care of everything: from Greek tragedy to sci-fi, from ethics to (an)aesthetics, from architecture to game theory, from opera to snuff. Static 7 aims to reconstruct the contradictions and oppositions of the catastrophic narrative, which is peripheral yet at the centre of all things, consigned to the past and always to be reinstated. Catastrophe is both a central cultural narrative and the point at which all narratives and cultures implode and disappear. The destructive topos par excellence, it has also been instrumental in the development of many of the concepts and categories, from psychology to history, ethics to aesthetics. Static 7 aims to pace the epistemic disaster zone, reading its debris through contributions which explore the notion of catastrophe in literature, architecture, art, politics, science, music and economics, drawing on sources as diverse as Aeschylus and Virilio, Kant and Beckett, financial risk analysis and nuclear reactor meltdown.
The submission deadline is 1 April 2008. Please send your queries and submissions to mailto:email@example.com
Static 7 Catastrophe welcomes diverse formats of submission. Please contact the editors, Chrystalleni Louidzou, Jonathan McKay and Roger Orwell, regarding technical details before submitting your work. Submission guidelines and further information about Static can be found at www.static.londonconsortium.com.
STATIC 8 GENERAL
The general gender [Obs.] = The common sort (of people). (OED) Hamlet.
The general constitutes both the site of a universal quality as well as a collection of the particular. As an idea or shape, it is commonly understood as an inferior mode of description yet the general, uneasily allied with both despotism and democracy, wields an ambiguous authority of its own. Static 8 sets out to probe the power and authority of the general while recognizing the potential for open possibilities that lie in what might be referred to as the undefined, indistinct or even unexceptional. ‘Never alone / Did the King sigh,’ says Shakespeare’s Claudius ‘but with a general groan’ (Hamlet, III, 3). The King, like the military general, is someone who has overall authority but whose supremacy rests dubiously on the plurality and willed consensus of those whose voices are contained in his command. By what means does the general give form? Does it unite, highlight, corrode or simply blur the points of distinction? And what role does it have in the ethos of liberty and coercion? Bearing on the condition of the interdisciplinary in its implicit invocation of ‘General Studies,’ this issue of Static invites contributors to address the possibilities and paradoxes embodied by the general.
The submission deadline is 1 June 2008. Please send your queries and submissions to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Static 8 General welcomes diverse formats of submission. Please contact the editors, Christien Garcia and Alice Gavin, regarding technical details before submitting your work. Submission guidelines and further information about Static can be found at www.static.londonconsortium.com.
Static is the online journal of the London Consortium, a collaboration between the Architectural Association, Birkbeck College, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Science Museum, and Tate.
See www.londonconsortium.com for more information.
Betting on Shorts invited filmmakers from across the world to respond to our theme “Mad or Bad”:
“Break the conventions, break free, break your heart or someone else’s, take drugs, become a criminal, become a victim, wherever your fancies take you – are you mad, or are you just bad? You could look at trick or treat, crime and punishment, genetics and eugenics, or: simply consider Michael Jackson.”
Of almost 400 submissions a programme of 18 runners-up and 16 finalists have now been selected.
The finalists will be screened simultaneously in 10 cities and will be judged by a panel of local film-curators, directors, actors or cultural critics in each city. The overall favourite is awarded a prize.
Before the show begins the audience can bet on who will be the grand winner.
From 21 November clips of the films are streamed on the Betting on Shorts website www.bettingonshorts.com Background info, blurbs and stills are available 30 minutes before the screening. Those who have bet on the right film can win a prizes like annual memberships, DVDs, books or cinema tickets.
The winners will be announced in the bar as soon as all the juries’ decisions are in.
Runners-up will be screened
21 November in London: ICA, Cinema 2, 8.45 pm
28 November in Barcelona: Cineclub VoidZelig, 9.30 pm
Preview of the 16 finalists
23 November, Barcelona at l’Alternativa Independent Film Festival: Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, 10.00pm
The grand finale
28 November 2007 ICA, Cinema 1, 8.30pm
And simultaneously in Athens, Berlin, Istanbul, Maribor, Novi Sad, Paris, Poznan and Rostov-on-Don
Betting on Shorts is supported by the London Consortium.
‘A little alarm now and then keeps life from stagnation.’
- Fanny Burney, Camilla (1796)
The London Consortium invites contributions for the sixth issue of Static (to be published in December 2007), on the theme of ALARM.
Static: ALARM is devoted to the sound, the signal, and the response: the ways in which sounds have triggered gatherings and scatterings; the connections between signs and dangers real and imagined. As the rolling â€œrâ€ of â€œalarumâ€ has slackened to the lulling sound of â€œalarmâ€, the ringing of alarms has become part of our aural wallpaper. Alarm is hard-wired into us â€“ but has the constant clanging and wailing of alarms, the repeated sounding of â€œwake-up callsâ€, induced a collective state of numbing tinnitus?
We welcome all kinds of contributions, and are particularly keen to include sound art, which will be published online. Please contact the editors at email@example.com to discuss the format and other technical details before submitting your work.
Submission guidelines and further information about Static can be found on the website: www.static.londonconsortium.com. The deadline for submissions is Monday 1st October 2007.
The editors of Static: ALARM are Thomas Mansell, Richard Osborne, and Katherine Hunt.
The Cine Club is a series of film screenings organised by PhD students around a specific theme. This year the Club is exporing the theme of ‘the still image in moving pictures’. The screenings take place fortnightly in the ICA cinemas and are followed by discussion. Ideas for background reading are suggested and also discussed. The screenings are open to all Consortium and Birkbeck postgrad students.
Entry is free. All screenings take place in ICA cinema 2. Please arrive early as the films will begin promptly at the advertised time.
Next screening: Thursday 5th July, After Life (Hirokazu Koreeda, 1998)
Betting on Shorts is a film contest with a difference, as it requires audience members to place bets on which film will be the winner. Established in 2005 as part of activities for the London Consortium’s European Summer School, Betting on Shorts has taken-on a life of its own. 2007 will see the third annual contest, and this time it’s taking place across Europe and beyond – a Eurovision of short film. This year’s theme is ‘Mad or Bad?’
London Consortium Research Fellow, Hilary Powell‘s film The Games is being screened twice during Architecture Week. The film is a 15 minute surreal exploration of the current landscape of the area in East London now being developed for the 2012 Olympics.
The film can be seen and discussed at both these events: