To mark the 70th anniversary of Antonin Artaud’s death, this year’s Stanley Picker Public Lectures will invite artists and writers whose practice is compelled by Artaud’s work. The series of talks is a continuation of the Artaud-themed day of readings and presentations held at Cabinet Gallery on 24 March 2018 and extends the collaboration between Fine Art and its Contemporary Art Research Centre and Kingston’s Visual and Material Culture Research Centre.

14/09/18    Dennis Cooper + Zac Farley

A screening of ‘Permanent Green Light’

4th floor, 132 Tyers Street
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
London SE11 5HS

The screening with be preceded by an in person conversation between Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley.

8:00pm Doors open
8:15pm Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley in conversation
9:00pm Screening of Permanent Green Light

PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT, a film by Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley
Producer: Local Films/ Nicolas Breviere
Director of Photography: Michael Salerno


29/05/18 Stephen Sutcliffe

On Tuesday, 29 May artist Stephen Sutcliffe will give a presentation of his film and video work with particular focus on the role of collage for his method of production. Glasgow based artist Stephen Sutcliffe creates film collages from an extensive archive of British television, film sound, broadcast images and spoken word recordings which he has been collecting since childhood. Often reflecting on aspects of British culture and identity, the results are melancholic, poetic and satirical amalgams which subtly tease out and critique ideas of class-consciousness and cultural authority. Through an extensive editing process Sutcliffe’s works pitch sound against image to subvert predominant narratives, generating alternative readings through the juxtaposition and synchronization of visual and aural material.

Stephen Sutcliffe (b.1968, Harrogate) is an artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions include, Talbot Rice Edinburgh, Hepworth Wakefield (2017), Rob Tufnell, London (2015), Tramway, Glasgow (2013) Stills, Edinburgh (2011), Whitechapel Auditorium (2010), Cubitt, London (2009) and Art Now, Light Box, Tate Britain (2005). Group exhibitions include: Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany, Cubitt, London, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal, Gaudel De Stampa, Paris (2015). In 2018 he participated in the Manchester International Festival by collaborating with Graham Eatough on a film for the Whitworth Gallery, for which they won the Contemporary Arts Society Award. He has been shortlisted for the Jarman Award twice and in 2012 he won the Margaret Tait Award.

17/05/18 Ros Murray

In 1923 Antonin Artaud wrote, ‘The cinema involves a total reversal of values, a complete revolution in optics, perspective and logic.’ Artaud appeared in 23 films, including Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc(1928), Abel Gance's five-and-a-half hour epic Napoléon (1927) and Lucrezia Borgia ;(Lucrèce Borgia) (1935). He wrote several theoretical texts on film, as well as a series of film scenarios, before abandoning the cinema in 1935, writing that it was ‘dead, illusory and fragmented' and 'a closed world, without relation to existence.’ Nonetheless, Artaud's film writing has had a lasting impact, and his onscreen presence permeated his entire body of work. This lecture by Ros Murray explores Artaud's engagement with film, discussing themes of vibration, contagion and shock as they pervade Artaud's acting, gesturing and writing body. It looks in detail at his abandoned film scenarios, gesturing towards a cinema that never came into being.

Ros Murray is a Lecturer in the French Department at King’s College London. Her current book project focuses on feminist film and video in post-1968 France, and she has published articles on the French avant-garde, feminist video, queer film and transgender documentary in Camera Obscura Journal, Film-Philosophy, Feral Feminisms and ;Studies in European Cinema. Her book Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.