The Black Tower
Wednesday 24 March — 7pm > 9pm
at Royal College of Art Galleries
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU
Screening of The Black Tower (1985-87) 24 mins, and responses from writer and poet Deborah Levy, and specialist in English landscape Surrealism and documentary photography Ian Walker. Followed by a discussion chaired by writer Sally O’Reilly.
‘We enter the world of a man haunted by a tower which, he believes, is following him around London. While the character of the central protagonist is indicated only by a narrative voice-over which takes us from unease to breakdown to mysterious death, the images, meticulously controlled and articulated, deliver a series of colour coded puzzles, jokes and puns which pull the viewer into a mind-teasing engagement.’ - Nik Houghton, Independent Media, 1988
Ian Walker will comment on presence and absence in the film and Deborah Levy will discuss The Black Tower in relation to ‘The Uncanny’.
Listen to audio recording!
Deborah Levy is a writer who works across a number of media; fiction, performance, visual culture. Her novels include Beautiful Mutants (1987), Swallowing Geography (1992), The Unloved (1994), Billy and Girl (1996) and Pillow Talk in Europe (2004). She has written for Granta, Vertigo, Grand Street and Bookworks. From 2006-09 Deborah was AHRC Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at the RCA. She is currently curating a film festival for Arteleku in San Sebastian on the theme of ‘The Lost Objects of Childhood’. Her essay for Radio 3 on the theme of enchantment, ‘Tormented Objects’, will be broadcast in April 2010.
Dr. Ian Walker is Reader in the History of Photography and Programme Leader for the MA/MFA Documentary Photography, at the University of Wales, Newport. He has written and lectured widely on photography and his own work has been exhibited in Britain and Europe. Recently his research has mainly focused on the relationship between Documentary Photography and Surrealism. He has published two books: City Gorged with Dreams: Surrealism and Documentary Photography in interwar Paris (2002) and So Exotic, So Homemade: Surrealism, Englishness and Documentary Photography (2007). He is currently working on a third book on Czech Surrealist photography, to be published in 2011.
Sally O’Reilly is a writer, contributing regularly to many art and culture publications, including Art Monthly, Cabinet, Frieze, Art Review and Time Out, and has written essays for international museums and galleries. Her book The Body in Contemporary Art was published by Thames & Hudson in 2009 and she was co-editor of the thematic, interdisciplinary broadsheet Implicasphere (2003-08). She is also a dean of Brown Mountain College of the Performing Arts, an itinerant platform for the production of performative events; co-curator of the Hayward Touring Exhibition Magic Show, and will be the 2010–11 writer in residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.