Dr Julian Ross, Westminster: 3–4.15pm
Producing the In & Out Special Issue of Nang magazine
Julian will be presenting a talk on his project In & Out, a special issue of the Asian cinema magazine NANG he is guest co-editing with filmmaker Maryam Tafakory. Focusing on artists and filmmakers who voluntarily or involuntarily moved outside of their country of origin, the special issue focuses on hyphenated identities and moving image works that exist in the in-between. Featuring works by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Stephanie Comilang, Alia Syed, Nazli Dincel, Simon Liu and Basma Alsharif, the special issue celebrates the diversity of voices and experiences that the hyphen brings. In & Out will launch in spring 2018 together with a series of screenings and online presentations.
Dr Julian Ross is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Westminster on a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. He holds a PhD at the University of Leeds on 1960s–70s Japanese expanded cinema, which has led to curatorial projects presented at Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, BFI, Eye Film Institute, Harvard Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, BOZAR, Centre for Fine Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He is a Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Christina Millare, Independent Curator, 4.30–5.45pm
American Export and the significance of US Pop Culture in Global Art Practices
Christina will be presenting a talk on her project American Export, a year-long cultural programme taking place across London and Birmingham in 2019. The programme features live performance, film and visual art created through a strategically devised series of research and community engagement projects developed in collaboration with a number of diverse partners including The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster, and Grand Union in Birmingham. Featuring new work by British artists Hetain Patel and Emma Smith, American artists Jen Liu and Conrad Ventur and Filipino film collective Tito & Tita, AE explores the pervasiveness of American culture focusing on its links to capitalism via a post colonial and transatlantic prism. American pop culture transcends language, age, gender, social economic and cultural background. In taking its popularity as a point of departure AE offers a familiar form of culture in order to reach wide audience groups, enabling more people to engage with, discover and contribute to new forms of artistic expression. Thematically, AE unpacks the definition of global and national identity by using the popular appeal of pop culture as its starting point.
Christina Millare is an independent curator based in London. She is a graduate of the Curating Contemporary Art MA at The Royal College of Art and was formerly based at Abandon Normal Devices Festival (AND) and Cornerhouse in Manchester. For Cornerhouse, Christina produced New Cartographies: Algeria – France – UK an exhibition that brought together recent work by ten emerging and established contemporary artists (including Kader Attia and Zineb Sedira) to explore Africa’s largest country and its complex relationship with Europe. At AND Christina curated the festival's unique live and artist residency programmes. She has since developed a number of independent curatorial projects including, Pleasure Paradox for MK Gallery and is currently producing a major new touring project for Caroline Bergvall, a writer and artist who works across art forms, media and languages.