Birkbeck Arts Week: ASSC Events, 20-24 May

Arts Week is Birkbeck’s annual summer showcase of the varied enterprises of our renowned academics, on topics both public and scholarly. Over the course of the week, the College hosts a wide range of events, including lectures, readings, concerts and exhibitions.

ASSC is pleased to be taking part with three special events including a talk, film screening and walking tour. The events are open to everyone – and free to attend.

Accidental gardens: Natura Urbana 

Monday 20 May | 5.45- 7.20pm

Cinema, 43 Gordon Square | Book ticket

Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin (dir. Matthew Gandy, 2017) explores the ecology of ‘accidental gardens’ flourishing in post-war Berlin. The changing vegetation serves as a parallel history to war-time destruction, geopolitical division, and the newest phase of urban transformation. Organised by ASSC’s Gunes Tavmen.

Euston twilight: hotels, boarding houses and luxury squats in the post-war era  

Wednesday 22 May | 7.40-9pm

Meet outside the School of Arts | Book ticket

A twilight walking tour visiting the ghosts of grand hotels and down-at-heel boarding houses in Euston / Bloomsbury. The tour will uncover the history of residential hotels and discover how some establishments were unexpectedly reclaimed. Hosted by ASSC’s Alistair Cartwright.

Architecture and dust: a discussion with Teresa Stoppani | 

Friday 24 May | 6-7.20pm

Cinema, 43 Gordon Square | Book ticket

Dust can be a fragment, fragmented, or an accumulation. Teresa Stoppani (Architecture Association) discusses the idea of dust in relation to architecture, the body and the city. With a response by ASSC’s Joel McKim.

For the full programme of Arts Week events see: