I will be speaking at the upcoming John Berger Now conference in Canterbury on 12 September. The invitation for submission of abstracts was preceded by the following statement.
‘The death of the artist is a dividing line’ wrote John Berger in 1966. ‘Every artist’s work changes when he dies. And finally no one remembers what his work was like when he was alive … [His work] will have become evidence from the past, instead of being … a possible preparation for something to come.’
I will try and do justice to Berger’s legacy by approaching the seminal book Ways of Seeing – a book made by five of us, as the credits page states, and which followed the eponymous television programme in 1972 – from a curatorial perspective.
For more information about the conference see the CCCU webpage and the facebook page. There is also a wordpress page for the event.
Three times lucky for me: I’ll be talking at Birkbeck again this morning. Drawing on notions of authorship and translation, and making connections with ‘the curatorial’ and ‘the translational’ I will consider some case studies that I’ve been looking at recently, including the book Ways of Seeing.
I have been invited to talk about publications in relation to film and video work at a conference in Zurich next month. The focus is specifically on images, so am revisiting and thinking about a series of books I’ve worked on in relation to film and video work. (Click here for further info).
On Monday 25 January 2016 I did a talk at CASS, upon invitation of Ania Dabrowska, a long-time friend, photographer and lecturer. The audience consisted of a mix of BA students in photography, MA students in Fine Art and some staff. I was given 1.5 hours to talk about my views on working with artists, curators and organisations, and my experiences in editing and producing catalogues, monographs and artists’ books. Using a broad range of examples it was a good opportunity to discuss some of my thinking about processes of collaboration, and notions of presentation versus re-presentation, mediation and translation from one medium into another.
As illustration a screen grab of a facebook exchange I had with Paul O’Neill a couple of years ago I used as part of my introduction.