- 2018 - 2019
George Washington Wilson Centre VIEW events at the May Festival, 24-26 May
The School’s George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture is proud to present its VIEW programme of events at this year’s University May Festival on 24-26 May. Please see below for a full list of events being organised by GWW Centre members, in chronological order, including a roundtable to accompany two exhibitions at the Suttie Arts Space, a masterclass and Director’s Cut event with filmmaker and University of Aberdeen graduate Jon S. Baird, a Director’s Cut film screening and Q&A with renowned Austrian documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann, and an exhibition of films by local school pupils.
We hope that you may be able to join us for some or all of the events described below.
FRIDAY 24 MAY
Exhibition Publication Launch and Roundtable Discussion, 5-6pm, The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
A publication to accompany the exhibitions by Beverley Hood and curated by Dr Silvia Casini, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, will be launched as part of the University of Aberdeen’s programme. Both exhibitions celebrate 40 years of MRI development in Aberdeen, bridging two moments in the history of MRI innovation at the University of Aberdeen.
The launch event will be led by (Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture) in The Suttie Arts Space. Guest speakers will include:
– Clinical Lecturer (Scholarship) and Coordinator Medical Humanities (University of Aberdeen)
– Head of Museums & Special Collections (University of Aberdeen)
Both exhibitions run until 16 June.
Masterclass with Jon S. Baird, 5-6pm, Belmont Filmhouse
We are delighted that award-winning director, Jon Baird, who is going to kick off the University’s May Festival in a Director’s Cut event on Friday 24th May, has agreed to do a GWW Centre Masterclass with our Film students. Jon, who is a graduate of Aberdeen, will be discussing ways of breaking into the film and television industry, and talking in depth about how he filmed a scene from one of his movies. Prof. Alan Marcus will facilitate the session.
In addition, the main Director’s Cut event with Jon Baird at the May Festival at 7:30pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre is open to members of the University and the public. This event, interlaced with clips from his feature films, will look at the whole of his work: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut/profiles/baird/
SATURDAY 25 MAY
Director’s Cut with Ruth Beckermann, 3-5pm, King’s College Conference Centre Auditorium
Renowned Austrian documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann will be coming to this year’s May Festival
This special Director’s Cut event is being hosted by the VIEW programme of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, with the generous support of the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre at the Institute of Modern Languages Research London, and the University of Aberdeen.
The event is FREE to attend and no booking is required.
FRIDAY 24 MAY – SUNDAY 26 MAY
Short Film Exhibition by Local Teenage Filmmakers, May Tent, King’s Lawn
The George Washington Wilson Centre is proud to present an exhibition of short films by local teenage filmmakers. In March 2019, the GWW Centre hosted a two-day Filmmaking Workshop for School Pupils aged 16+ from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire schools at the University of Aberdeen’s Media Lab. Organised by Dr Áine Larkin and guided by student instructors, local teenage filmmakers devised, planned, created and edited a short film in only 8 days. Check out the plasma screen on display in the May Tent on the King’s Lawn to experience the future of film.
As part of this year’s MayFest, GHAT (Grampian Hospitals Art Trust) is launching a publication to accompany the two exhibitions Immobile Choreography by the artist Beverley Hood and From Where Do We See? Craft skills and aesthetics in MRI, curated by Dr Silvia Casini.
Talk and Publication Launch
Friday 24th May, 5.00pm – 6.00pm
The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill
The launch event will be led by Dr Silvia Casini, with invited guest speakers.
Dr Silvia Casini was invited to give a plenary speech at the conference TRANSACTIONS IMAGING/ART/SCIENCE: IMAGE QUALITY, CONTENT AND AESTHETICS at the University of Westminster.
The conference was organized by the Computational Vision and Imaging Technologies Research Group (School of Computer Science) and the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) (Westminster School of Arts) of the University of Westminster, the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, in collaboration with the IET’s Vision and Imaging Network and the Imaging Science Group of the Royal Photographic Society.
26th - 27th April:
From left to right: conference organisers Dr Katya Krylova (Aberdeen), Dr Dora Osborne (St Andrews), Dr Frauke Matthes (Edinburgh). Photo © Dr Ben Schofield.
On 26-27 April 2019, Dr Katya Krylova participated in ‘The Politics of Contemporary German Culture’ conference at the University of St Andrews, which she co-organised with Dr Dora Osborne (St Andrews) and Dr Frauke Matthes (Edinburgh). The conference focused on the issue of how the contemporary cultural landscape in Germany and Austria is being shaped by current political concerns and to consider, through dialogue between academics and practitioners, how this affects German Studies as a discipline and a practice. Five themed panels focused on political or politicized aspects of contemporary life that have become increasingly significant for German and Austrian culture today: market forces, Europe, resurgent nationalism, memory and memorialization, and (German) language.
As part of the conference programme, Dr Krylova introduced a special screening of Ruth Beckermann’s film Waldheims Walzer (2018) on Thursday 25 April, and chaired a conference panel on the ‘The Politics of Europe’.
Tweets from the conference can be viewed here.
The conference was made possible due to the generous support of the AHRC Open World Research Initiative “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community”, the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews, the Moray Endowment Fund of the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Aberdeen.
The George Washington Wilson Centre hosted its inaugural VIEW event on 10 November, Out of this World, a project by Norma D. Hunter, with Mary Carol Sounness, Fiona Vadler, a talk by Terri Bell Halliwell and a performance by Kate Clayton. The project involved 190 people across the country taking part in workshops led by Hunter, celebrating the achievements of women throughout history. Together, they constructed a banner commemorating 100 women who have made significant contributions to history, weaving a border for it in suffragette colors. The event celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage, yet it also looked ahead to the future: Terri Bell Halliwell gave a talk about her inVISIBLE women project, which highlights the underrepresentation of women in civic statues (85% of civic statues in the UK are of men). Students in Professor Bryzgel’s Postmodern Art class participated in a workshop hosted by Hunter, and also participated in the Out of this World event, where they affixed the women border to the banner to complete the project. They also participated in street actions and interventions in Aberdeen’s public monuments. The event was attended by around 70 people, and took place in the new Look Again Festival headquarters at 32 St Andrew St. The event was organised by Professor Bryzgel, Director of the GWW Centre for Visual Culture.
(Photos by Amy Bryzgel)
Professor Bryzgel enacted her first work of performance art on 10 November, as part of Norma D. Hunter’s Out of this World project. The performance, entitled Peacock Feathers, involved Professor Bryzgel walking down George street, weighted down by the peacock feathers and gummy worms affixed to her clothes, until she ends up flat on the ground. Not wanting to be defeated, she starts to rip the peacock feathers from her body – her kryptonite – and tear off the worms, arising, eventually, triumphant. After years of teaching performance art to her students, she has now practiced what she teaches in her first solo public performance.
(Photos by Gergana Petrova)
The below was given to us by one of our PhD students, Daegyeom Heo:
My PhD project using Virtual Reality won a prize for this year's Immersive Media contest held at the Nexon Computer Museum in S.Korea. We got 'the best planning project award' among three other awardees. This contest is the only international competition of VR contents in Korea, and we were the only Korean production. I think it's a positive result because production support can be provided for the next project.
Thank you to everyone who helped to complete the work.
Congradulations to Daegyeom for this fantastic achievement.
Dr Katya Krylova’s new edited volume on contemporary Austrian literature and culture has just been published. New Perspectives on Contemporary Austrian Literature and Culture (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018), of which Dr Krylova is the sole editor, examines trends in contemporary Austrian literature, film and culture, predominantly over the past thirty years. This period has been one of great transformation in Austrian society, with the Waldheim affair of 1986–1988 marking the beginning of a belated process of confronting the country’s National Socialist past. The sixteen chapters of the volume analyse literary texts, films, memorial projects and Austria’s musical heritage, considering works by cultural practitioners operating both within and outside of Austria. The collection offers a multi-perspectival view on how contemporary Austria sees itself and how it is, in turn, seen by others from various vantage points.
The volume brings together contributions arising from papers originally presented at the Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film and Culture International Conference, organised by Dr Krylova at the University of Nottingham in April 2015.
More information about the book is available from the publisher website.
The George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture has been awarded £5,500 in Creative Funding from the Aberdeen City Council for the new VIEW programme, which was officially launched on 16 August. We received some good press coverage about the launch in the P&J and the University newspaper, The Guadie.
The first VIEW event will be held on 10 November, from 12-2pm at Castlegate – a participatory performance organised by artists Norma D Hunter and Mary Carol Souness, followed by a talk by Terri Bell-Halliwell (invisiblewomen.org) at 3pm in WORM (also Castlegate). The event aims to bring visibility to women’s contributions throughout history that have often gone ignored or unnoticed.
- 2017 - 2018
May Festival Event, "Masterclass: Creating a life in Television" - Join Graham Stuart, University of Aberdeen alumnus and Managing Director of So Television, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer of The Graham Norton Show. Discover how his knowledge of the creative industries can inform your career opportunities in television. Session with Q&A chaired by Professor Alan Marcus from 10.30am -11.30am. FREE, Booking Required. Book at https://abdn.targetconnect.net/leap/events.html.
Department soars to 5th place in the UK, leaping a whopping 45 places. It also ranks 2nd place in Scotland, beating out larger departments across the country.
The Department of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen is a small department that punches above its weight, and the recent Complete University Guide rankings serve as further proof of that. Comprising five faculty members whose research interests range from film production, East European performance art history, film and visual culture of Austria and Germany, the visual culture of science, and the anthropocene, students are offered a unique combination of hands-on practice-based courses alongside the rigorous study of theory. About the news, Dr Amy Bryzgel, Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline in Film and Visual Culture said, “we are thrilled to see these new rankings confirm what we have always known—that the University of Aberdeen is a great place to study film and visual culture. We are a small department, but we work hard to deliver a robust programme to our students.”
Congratulations to all staff and students who have worked to make this fantastic programme what it is today!
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- 2015 - 2016
Congratulations to Silvia Casini on the publication of her book, Il Ritratto-Scansione (Mimesis, 2016)
A Conversation with Richard Demarco: As early as the 1960s, Scotland’s very own Richard Demarco, an arts patron and artist in his own right, took an interest in experimental artists from Eastern Europe. He was among the first few pioneering individuals who brought these soon-to-be influential artists to perform and exhibit n the U.K. Join Amy Bryzgel, Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture, in conversation with Demarco, as he takes us on a journey through his travels and encounters with artists in Eastern Europe. This event will be followed at 7.30pm by a drinks reception and opening of the exhibition “Eastern European Performance in Scotland: the Legacy of Richard Demarco” in the MacRobert building.
Dr. Timothy Barker (Lecturer in Digital Media, University of Glasgow): “Media In and Out of Time” from 12:30-2:00 in Seminar Room 224 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
Perform. Play. Art.: A one-day event involving talks and live performances. Keynote talk by Serbian art historian, Professor Misko Suvakovic. Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel and Jasmina Zaloznik. Hosted by Film and Visual Culture. Friday, March 18, 2016, 10AM-5PM. Free, all welcome, booking required
Naked Life 6—A Live Performance by Tanja Ostojic: Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel and Caroline Gausden. Co-hosted by Film and Visual Culture (UoA), SCAN and Guest @ Gray’s (RGU). Saturday, March 12, 2016, 3-6PM. Society of Advocates, Concert Court, Aberdeen. Free, all welcome, booking required
Misplaced Women? workshop with Serbian artist Tanja Ostojic: A workshop and opportunity to participate in a performance. Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel and Marta Nitecka Barche. Co-hosted by Film and Visual Culture (UoA) and the Festival of Politics. Thursday, March 10, 2016, 2-5PM. Starting point: Torry Community Centre, followed by a walk around Torry. With live performances on the street. Free, all welcome, booking required
3 Generations of Women Artists Perform: A study day focused on feminist art, with live performances and talks. Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel, Iliyana Nedkova, and Denisa Tomkova. Co-hosted by the Threshhold Art Space and University of Aberdeen. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 4-8PM. Horse cross Theatre, Perth. Free, all welcome, booking required
Dr. Ella Chmielewska (Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Visual Studies, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The University of Edinburgh):
“Vectors of looking: reflections on the Luftwaffe’s aerial survey of Warsaw, 1944” from 12:00-1:30 in Seminar Room 224 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
This presentation will reflect on a sequence of photographs drawn from the 1944 Luftwaffe’s aerial survey of Warsaw, a project that recorded and memorialized the city as a prelude to its intended total destruction. Her text, which meditates on the experience of looking at these photographs, reflects on images of ruins, on ruined images, and on the complex moment and movement of photographic capture. Her discussion of the photographs re-establishes the importance of image sequence as it relates to the flight-path of the aircraft, whose frame-like shadow we find imprinted on Warsaw’s surface, while her close reading of them draws out the quotidian life of the fractured city below. She shows how figures on the ground – and in the past – at certain moments turn toward the aircraft overhead and, beyond it, to the observer of the image and her present. Thus, a kind of destabilization in the survey document is effected, in which the directionality of the gaze from above that is monumentalized in the photograph is unsettled by the witness of those below.
Reif Larsen (International Writer’s Resident, University of St. Andrews): “Faking It: Writing Fiction as Sleight of Hand, or, How to Find What You Don’t Know You’re Looking For,” from 4:00-6:00 in Meeting Room 1 (Craig Suite) of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
How do we perform research for a story that doesn’t exist? How do we find what we don’t know we’re looking for? In this talk, Reif Larsen (The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet) narrates the research and travels for his latest novel, I Am Radar, an expansive story that straddles many locations around the globe, including Cambodia, Arctic Norway, Bosnia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, all of which the author visited. The challenge then became fitting all of these observations under one roof, into a book that must be both inclusive yet also singular, where the research and setting must always be in service to the story and not the other way around.
Screening: Identity Card (2010, Czech/Slovak, dir: Trojan), 5:00 PM in Taylor A31. This bittersweet comedy was directed by Ondřej Trojan, a Czech actor, director and a film producer. Together with Tomáš Hanák and Jiří Burda, they founded a film and television company Total HelpArt THA which focuses on prodcuing films, audiovisual production and the Cellar Theatre management activities. Trojan collaborated with Ján Hřebejk on several successful films, such as Pelíšky (Cosy Dens), Pupendo, or Musíme si Pomáhat (Divided We Fall). Divided We Fall was nominated for an Oscar for the Best Foreign Film.
The story follows the lives of four adolescent young men, Peter, Alex, Cinderella, and Mita, their friends, loves and parents, as the boys reach the age of fifteen and receive their first national identification card. The film follows their progression to eighteen when they try to escape army service by getting a ‘blue book’. The film takes place in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, when not having an ID card would be asking for trouble, and when compulsory military service was for many teenagers the biggest dilemma.
Dr. Paul Flaig (Lecturer in Film & Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen): “Yesterday’s Hadaly” from 4:00-5:30 in Meeting Room 3 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
Chris Heppell (Ph.D. Candidate in Film & Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen): "Camera Lucida as dark ecology” from 12:00-1:30 in Seminar Room 224 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
Screening- Going Tornado: Paul Neagu's 1974 Aberdeen Performance, 19:00-20:30 at the Belmont Filmhouse. In 1974, the Romanian artist Paul Neagu (1938-2004) did a live performance in Aberdeen, at the Grampian TV Studios. It was broadcast to viewers across the shire as part of the “Images” TV series, a programme dedicated to the visual arts that ran for several weeks in 1974, with programming suggested by arts impresario Richard Demarco, who had first invited Neagu to Scotland. This event, on November 12 at the Belmont Cinema, will feature a screening of the original performance followed by a talk about the significance of the work by Amy Bryzgel, lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and specialist in Eastern European performance art, along with discussion. The event is part of the University of Aberdeen’s Being Human Festival: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/public/ahrc-being-human-festival-nov--336.php.
Conference: “Performance Art East, Northeast, West”: Dr. Amy Bryzgel is organizing a conference on performance art in Eastern Europe in relation to the West and the Northeast of Scotland. The conference will involve both lectures on performance art and performances by artists invited from Eastern Europe. The conference is scheduled for October 30-31, 2015; it is free and open to the public, but booking is essential (more information to follow) Events will take place in the Linklater Rooms on Friday, October 30 (9AM-3PM), and in the Craig Suite (Meeting Room 1, 7th floor) of the Sir Duncan Rice Library on Saturday, October 31 (9AM-2:30PM). Full details about the conference, speakers, performances, and booking available on the conference website: https://performancenortheastwest.wordpress.com which will be updated periodically. Please check back for details. http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/7706/.
Explorathon European Researchers' Night: Come learn about performance art and try your hand at a few performative events at Union Square on Friday, September 25. Led by Dr. Amy Bryzgel. Further information can be found here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/public/explorathon-348.php.
Screening: One Hot Day, an experimental documentary by Professor Alan Marcus. 70 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, The Gallery in the Sir Duncan Rice Library will be showing an experimental observational film by Professor Alan Marcus that reflects on those momentous events from the perspective of life in the city today. There will be a first showing of One Hot Day on Thursday 24th September at 7.30pm after which Professor Marcus will be answering questions about his film. The video installation will be showing from 25th Sept - 7th October. Further information can be found here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/7824/.
- 2014 - 2015
Director's Cut: Zoe Heron (science documentary producer): 6:00 PM KCC
Visual Culture Speaker Series: Dr. Douglas Morrey (Reader in French Studies, Warwick),"Urban Space in the French New Wave and the cinéma du look" 3:30 PM in Seminar Room 224 (Sir Duncan Rice Library)
Visual Culture Speaker Series: Dr. Michael Cowan (Reader in Film Studies, St. Andrews), "Animating Vision: Advertising in and out of the Cinema" 3:30 PM in Seminar Room 224 (Sir Duncan Rice Library)
Visual Culture Speaker Series: Dr. Silvia Casini (Film & Visual Culture, Aberdeen), "The Visual Culture of Brain Imaging: From the Scan-Portrait to Bioart," 3:30 PM in Seminar Room 224 (Sir Duncan Rice Library)
Director's Cut: Christy Garland (documentary filmmaker): 6:00 PM Elphinstone Hall
Director's Cut: David Gritten (film journalist): 6:00 PM KCC
Film & Visual Culture Speaker Series: "The 9/11 Memorial Museum and the Era of Virtual Witness," Professor Sarah Senk (English, University of Hartford); 12:30 in Meeting Room 3 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library.
Director's Cut: Professor Thomas Weber (History, University of Aberdeen) and Niki Stein (Screenwriter); 18:00 in King's College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen.
Screening: Slumdog Millionaire (Boyle, 2008) will be screened as part of the University's Big Read with an introduction by Dr. Paul Flaig. For details see here.
Welcome back students! Click here for the timetable for courses (tutorials not included) in Film & Visual Culture this half-session.
- 2013 - 2014
Film and Visual Culture Speaker Series: "Illocution Lessons: Uncertain Afterimages of Violence in Michael Haneke's La Pianiste," Francesca Hardy (Teaching Fellow in Film & Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen); Meeting Room 3, Sir Duncan Rice Library.
Film and Visual Culture Speaker Series: "European Cinematic Vernacular in the Early 1990s," Alex Forbes (Ph.D. Candidate in Film & Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen). 12:00 in College Bounds (CB) 202.
Oscar Alegria's Documentary, The Search for Emak Bakia (2012), introduced by Dr Nerea Arruti from the Department of Hispanic Studies and sponsored by the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture.
Fail Better: Emak Bakia by Man Ray and Film by Samuel Beckett: These screenings will be accompanied by presentations from Dr Nerea Arruti from the Department of Hispanic Studies, Dr Paul Flaig and Prof Edward Welch from the Centre for Visual Culture. Click here for more information.
Screening: The Scottish premiere of landmark filmmaker Bill Morrison's Spark of Being (2013), a found footage interpretation of Shelley's Frankenstein.
SCRATCH Workshop 2 (Aberdeen Sound Festival): Participants learned to source public domain materials from digital archives and remix these materials using video editing software, led by Ross Whyte.
SCRATCH Workshop 1 (Aberdeen Sound Festival): A screening of films by Ian Helliwell, followed by a Q & A with the director, performer and musician, in tandem with a workshop led by members of the OKO Film Lab, teaching direct 16mm filmmaking taking to participants. A sample of
- 2012 - 2013
Wednesday 27th February
Dr Ross Whyte, ‘Perpetual Erosion: Impermanence in Audio-Visual Intermedia’; 3.30-5 Taylor A36
Wednesday 13th March
- Fiona Noble (With MLRF) ‘ “Loving Strangers”: The Lesbian (Im)Migrant and National Identity in Contemporary Spanish Cinema’; Taylor A15 3-5
Tuesday 19th March
- PROF. HILDE VAN GELDER (University of Leuven), ‘On the Current State of Photography as Art’; 4pm, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library
Wednesday 17th April
- DR PAULA BLAIR, ‘Panopticonicity: Sites of Social Control in Willie Doherty’s Video Installations’, 12-1.30, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library
Wednesday 24th April
- DR PAUL FLAIG, ‘Weimar Slapstick: American Eccentrics, German Grotesques’, 12-1.30, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library
Wednesday 1st May
- MR CALUM WADDELL, ‘The Verisimilitude of Vulgarity: The Distinct Style of the American Exploitation Film’, 12-1.30, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library
Wednesday 8th May
- MR CHRIS HEPPELL, ‘Spectres of Barthes’ (WITH MLRF), 12.30-2, Seminar Room, Special Collections, Sir Duncan Rice Library
OilScapes: Exhibition / Screenings / Workshop
Collaborative Project between Peacock Visual Arts and Film & Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen
Exhibition ran 22 September – 27 October
Curated by Dr Janet Stewart (Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen) and Zeigam Azizov (Royal College of Art).
Zeigam Azizov, Peter Fend, Melik Ohanian, Aga Ousseinov and Owen Logan explore connections between oil, geopolitics and visual culture with particular emphasis on connections between the environment and mobility. Featuring an audio collage with voices from the University of Aberdeen's Lives in the Oil Industry oral history archive.
OilScapes also features a number of events including Meet The Artists, Artist's Talk, a Workshop and OilScapes/Film screenings.