Stuart Croft Foundation, in partnership with Birkbeck Institute of Moving Image, presents:
Lamentation: on absence, the archive and what comes after
ONLINE, Friday 4th June, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Free, registration required
Stuart Croft Foundation and Birkbeck Institute of Moving Image (BIMI) are partnering to host ‘Lamentation: on absence, the archive and what comes after’.
This event includes a BIMI Screening Room presentation of Stuart Croft’s films The Stag Without a Heart (2010) and Drive In (2007), shared for 48 hours before the event, followed by a live online conversation on Friday 6th June at 6pm between writer, filmmaker and curator Adam Roberts and curator/writer Gareth Evans. Adam and Gareth will be talking about cultural value and its legacies in the face of ecological collapse, drawing from Adam’s research and his new book Lamentation. In the Stuart Croft Archive.
Adam received the Stuart Croft Foundation Research Award in 2018 to undertake research in the Stuart Croft archive, looking at the papers and records of the late artist filmmaker, whose life and work was cut short unexpectedly. The outcome was a short book by Adam, Lamentation. In the Stuart Croft Archive, published by Ma Bibliothèque (2020). In Roberts’ own words, “Lamentation is a reverie on loss and despair as our race faces the real possibility of extinction. This work in the archive prompted reflections on the death of another filmmaker, Chantal Akerman, in the same year. I had known Akerman, having curated a retrospective of her films and artworks between 2013 and 15 at London’s ICA and at Ambika P3 Gallery. Her death by suicide in 2015 was a great shock.”
The discussion will include a short reading from Lamentation. In the Stuart Croft Archive by actor Camilla Arfwedson (Drive In, by Stuart Croft), plus introductions from Artist and Trustee of the Stuart Croft Foundation, Emma Bennett.
‘Lamentation: on absence, the archive and what comes after’ is hosted as part of Questions, an online season of events delivered by Stuart Croft Foundation inviting artists, curators, researchers and writers working with artists’ moving image to discuss the process of thinking and making behind their projects.
Stag Without a Heart and Drive In will be available to view from Wednesday 4th June to Friday 6th June to all ticket holders.
Adam Roberts is a writer, curator and filmmaker, born in Colombia. Film work has included noted collaborations with dancers Jonathan Burrows and Sylvie Guillem. He founded A Nos Amours in 2013 to undertake curation with fellow film-maker Joanna Hogg. A Nos Amours has curated numerous films screenings, conferences and art exhibitions. A Nos Amours published the Chantal Akerman Retrospective Handbook in 2019. He is currently writing an auto-fiction and developing a series of artist film screenings with Lucy Gunning and Kiera Greene.
Photo by: @keifernyrontaylor
Gareth Evans is a writer, event and film producer and Adjunct Moving Image Curator at Whitechapel Gallery.
Photo by: Michaela Freeman
Emma Bennett is a London-based artist and trustee of the Stuart Croft Foundation. She is represented by Charlie Smith London and her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums including in Amsterdam, Berlin, Bremen, Cardiff, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Kyoto, London and Los Angeles.
Photo by: Gareth Cousins
BIMI (Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image) is a research forum housed in a beautiful cinema. BIMI’s programme addresses a variety of social, political and cultural issues related to academic research. They attract a broad range of people to their events, from London, UK, and beyond, including academics, students, artists, curators, independent researchers, activists, and the general public. Their programme, of around 70 events per year, includes screenings, discussions, conferences, study days, lectures, book launches and performances, plus their annual international Essay Film Festival (in collaboration with Institute of Contemporary Arts).