Archive for the ‘Timecode’ category

‘A walk in relation to the Romero zombie’

March 18, 2016

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Phil Smith (Plymouth University)

Wednesday 13th April, D3 Richmond Building, University of Bradford, 6pm

In this talk I will approach the movies of what I propose is a coherent post-1968, Romero living dead mythos not as a student of film studies, but from the perspective of ‘radical walking’ and performance. I will draw on ideas from situationist theory, occult and literary psychogeography, phenomenology and from the experiences of my own mythogeographical walking. I will describe how I have taken a taxonomy of space and place from various iterations of ‘zombieland’. I will look at how a walker can draw from the various portrayals of body in these movies: the body of the survivor, the body of the living dead, the sexual and metaphysical dynamics between dead and living, and the ‘thing’ in both. Manoeuvring around warnings against a homological criticism, I will look at how narrative changes and survivals in the mythos since 1968 – hyper-exploitation, origins and back story, returning consciousness, the us/them metaphor – reflect global social realities; given the way that new articulations are entangled across the whole field, providing a mesh for a provisional totality. Finally, I will describe some of the ambulatory tactics I have devised as a result of this study and what walking cinematically can achieve for mythogeography.”

Phil Smith (Crab Man, Mytho) is a performance-maker, writer and ambulatory researcher. He specialises in creating performances related to walking, site-specificity, mythogeographies and counter-tourism. He is a core member of site-based arts collective Wrights & Sites, presently working on their next publication: ‘Architect Walkers’. Phil’s publications include ‘A Footbook of Zombie Walking’ and ‘Walking’s New Movement’ (2015), ‘On Walking’, ‘Enchanted Things’, and the novel ‘Alice’s Dérives in Devonshire’ (all 2014), ‘Counter-Tourism: The Handbook’ (2012) and ‘Mythogeography’ (2010). He is also the company dramaturg and, with Paul Stebbings, co-founder (in 1980) of TNT (Munich), the world’s leading company touring English language theatre to non-anglophone countries. He is an Associate Professor (Reader) at Plymouth University.


Vernacular Media and Everyday Memory

March 1, 2016


Emily Keightley and Michael Pickering

Wednesday 16 March, 6pm, John Stanley Bell lecture theatre, University of Bradford

The aim of this talk is to address a gap in existing studies of media and everyday life. While the role of media in everyday experience has been a key concern for media studies, it is common for only one communications medium to be considered at a time, or for media in general to be discussed, resulting in either narrow or excessively broad treatments of the ways in which media are intertwined in the practices and processes of lived experience. In our research we have taken two technologies – photography and recorded music – together in order to explore their distinctive and complementary features in vernacular remembering. We do so via the concept of the mnemonic imagination. This concept is designed to illuminate the interaction of memory and imagination. It shows how both memory and imagination are vital in maintaining the dynamic interplay between past, present and future in everyday life. In the seminar we will apply the concept to examples from our ethnographic fieldwork. These examples will address three distinct phases of the distillation of experience which together constitute the process of everyday remembering: the localising and integration of cultural resources into remembering practices; the use of photography and recorded music in the process of congealing experience into recognisable and communicable units and patterns and putting these to work in the story of a life; and the final distillation of lived experience in which value and significance is invested in relatively stable ensembles of experience which communicate the meaning of a life to self and others.

Dr Emily Keightley is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University, UK. Emily’s main research interest is memory, time and its mediation in everyday life. She is particularly concerned with the role of media in the relationship between individual, social and cultural memory. Emily’s research explores the roles of photography and phonography in the articulation of everyday memory and the gendered nature of mnemonic experience. She is the author or editor of four books and twenty-five journal articles or chapters.

Professor Michael Pickering is Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis at Loughborough University, UK. Michael’s work covers a number of areas including popular music, racism and popular culture, imperialism and theatrical history, Mass Observation, working-class writing, news and documentary, stereotyping and representation, humour and comedy, creativity and cultural production, media and memory, and historical hermeneutics. He has also written extensively on research methods, having edited collections on methods in cultural studies and memory studies. He has published eighteen books as author or editor, and has written over one hundred articles and chapters.

Psychedelia: Futurist Routes and Nostalgic Roots

January 29, 2016


Psychedelia: Futurist Routes and Nostalgic Roots

Rob Chapman

Wednesday 24 February, 6pm, D0.23 Horton Building, University of Bradford
Rob Chapman is the author of a new book Psychedelia and Other Colours published by Faber. Rob is currently the holder of a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at the University of Manchester. He was for a long time a regular contributor to Mojo magazine and has also written for The Times, Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Uncut, Word and the dance music fanzine Jockey Slut. He is the author of Selling the Sixties: The Pirates and Pop Music Radio (1992), The Vinyl Junkyard (1996) and the acclaimed biography Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (2010). His novel Dusk Music was published in 2008. He has compiled and written sleevenotes for CD reissues by artists as varied as The Last Poets and John Fahey, as well as numerous psychedelia and loungecore compilations.

He lives in Todmorden, Lancashire.

TIMECODE Critical Conditions

October 30, 2015



A survey of the changing role of the film critic today- champion of quality cinema or responsible for some red faces on the red carpets?

Wednesday 18 November, 6pm, John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building, University of Bradford
Phillip Bergson, son of an award-winning Bradford photographer, was winner of a New Statesman competition with an essay on Sex and Violence in the Cinema.As a Classics Scholar at Balliol College he founded the Oxford Film Festival, and on graduating was selected as a New Critic by The Sunday Times. He continues to broadcast on BBC Radio and TV programmes, is an invited member of the UK Critics’ Circle, FIPRESCI, and the European Film Festival and will talk about his experiences as jury member at many international film events, and how the relationship between reviewer, film-maker,and stars has evolved over the century, in print and online.

TIMECODE ‘Not all who wander are lost: the rescue of “Tolkien in Oxford”‘

October 21, 2015

not all who wander

Patrick O’Sullivan

‘Not all who wander are lost: the rescue of “Tolkien in Oxford”‘

Wednesday 28th October, 6pm

John Stanley Bell lecture theatre, Richmond Building, University of Bradford

In this talk Patrick O’Sullivan will discuss the rescue of the 1968 BBC film Tolkien in Oxford (1968). Tolkien in Oxford, directed by Leslie Megahey, was filmed in February 1968 and broadcast in March 1968 as part of a magazine programme called ‘Release’. The subsequent history of the film was confused by the fact that the BBC’s own version of the film was incomplete, and its own information was incomplete. In 2013 Patrick O’Sullivan was a part of the processes that led to the creation of a restored and complete version of the film.

A screening of the 26-minute restored 1968 film will be preceded by Patrick O’Sullivan’s account of the making of the film. He looks at TV and film technologies and their limitations, the subsequent career of Leslie Megahey and his importance in the development of British arts documentary. He will
also look at the history since of Tolkien in Oxford, and its problematic place in Tolkien Studies generally.

For more background see a discussion between Dr Stuart Lee and film and TV director Leslie Megahey on the BBC’s 1968 documentary, ‘Tolkien in Oxford’, given at a day-long
symposium that focused on aspects of Tolkien’s academic and literary work and life in Oxford:

Patrick O’Sullivan is a writer and researcher based in Bradford. He is a Visiting Scholar, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University. Much of his work in the development of Irish Diaspora Studies is visible on his archive site:

For more information contact: Mark Goodall ( Tel +44 (0)1274 236071

TIMECODE Towards an Archaeological Media Archaeology

May 5, 2015


Towards an Archaeological Media Archaeology

Sara Perry and Colleen Morgan (University of York)

Wednesday 13 May, 6pm, D1 Richmond, University of Bradford

Rarely do archaeologists, or their colleagues in Heritage Studies, participate in media archaeological scholarship. Similarly, media archaeologists do not typically reach out to archaeologists for intellectual or methodological contributions. “Archaeology” remains the most abstract metaphor within the media archaeology literature, an academic legacy that demands disruption. Archaeologists and their antiquarian predecessors have been innovators, assemblers, critical interrogators, and remakers of media and media technologies for at least a half millennium. Their outputs have been drawn into broader programmes of social theorising about modes of engagement, and they are often pioneers in the application of emerging media. They are also – and primarily – experts in artefactual media: specialists in the flows and agencies of material cultures and their makers. By this reckoning, archaeologists are the prototypical media archaeologists—studying media (in its broad conception, as discursive and material means to a plurality of different ends/processes), inventing and tinkering with media to progress such studies, and skilfully deploying other media to circulate their work.

Here we discuss the crossovers between the fields of archaeology and media archaeology. We hypothesise about the tensions that lead to interdisciplinary divisions, and we make a case for an “archaeological media archaeology,” where the epistemological and procedural resources of both disciplines are strategically applied and given equal credence. Our argument is that such a stream of enquiry is the means towards a more comprehensive understanding of all those active processes in the world that shape and reshape people and technologies. It is simultaneously futuristic, historical and present-oriented, and as such it is well-poised to drive forward media theory and practice overall.

Photo: James Good, ‘Swamp TV’, Used under CC-BY-NC

TIMECODE: Angels of Mons

April 13, 2015


‘The Angels of Mons’

David Clarke (Sheffield Hallam University)

Wednesday 29 April, 6pm, D1 Richmond, University of Bradford

2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the birth of the most enduring legend of that conflict, The Angels of Mons. The ferocity of the battle and fear of early defeat encouraged an atmosphere on the Home Front that was receptive to the supernatural. From this cauldron of hope, faith and fear emerged an inspiring story of warrior angels that appeared to save British troops from the German onslaught in Belgium. The legend became part of the folk memory of the war and encouraged those who believed the Allies had divine support on the battlefield.

This talk by Sheffield Hallam University journalism lecturer David Clarke is based upon his book The Angel of Mons (2004). His new book Britain’s X-traordinary Files is published by Bloomsbury/The National Archives.