Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Signs of Empire: John Akomfrah at Umeå Museum of Visual Culture

Thursday 1.11 kl 18.00 - 20.00
Kl. 18.00 Film: 7 Songs for Malcolm X (1986) by John Akomfrah
Kl. 19.00 Seminar: John Akomfrah

The Academy of Fine Arts in Umeå, in collaboration with Bildmuseet Umeå, proudly presents the rare opportunity to hear John Akomfrah introducing the work of the Black Audio Film Collective. Formed in 1982 by students of Sociology and Fine Art in London, the Collective produced some of the most experimental documentaries in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s. Their explorations of belonging and intimacy combined a montage aesthetic with personal reflection to invent a new genre of moving image challenging traditions of British documentary and drama. They have profoundly influenced contemporary avant-garde film-makers and artists. The group also shared their knowledge of film history, practical techniques and theoretical approaches with working class audiences through workshops and screenings. The evening will begin with the screening of 7 Songs for Malcolm X, 1986, 60 min, at 6pm, followed by a 1h talk of John Akomfrah explaining the practice of the collective. The Black Audio Film Collective was formed in Hackney, London in 1982 by John Akomfrah, Reece Auguiste, Edward George, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, David Lawson and Trevor Mathison.

Signs of Empire
Handsworth Songs
Twilight City
7 Songs for Malcolm X
A Touch of the Tar Brush
Mysteries of July
The Last Angel of History
3 Songs on Pain
Light and Time
Martin Luther King: Days of Hope
Memory Room 451
Gangsta Gangsta: The Tragedy of Tupac Shakur

Florian Zeyfang, Professor, 090 - 786 68 64

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