SCREENING hosted by Margareta Kern at 6.30pm at International Project Space, as part of Patrick Staff – A Factory As It Might Be (Bournville)

School of Art Bournville
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Maple Road, Birmingham B30 2AA
FREE! At 6.30pm. 


Continuing her exploration into the instructional, agitational, campaigning and experimental modes of film-making, and the previous screening as part of the Factory Cinema at the Whitstable Biennale, Margareta Kern will be hosting a timely screening of two videos she came across in her research into the films made by community and activist groups working together with independent film and video workshops, in support of 1984 miners’ strike.

The screening focuses on women’s activism and self-organising into a national movement during the miners’ strike in 1984/85. It also includes a short video made by Glasgow University Media Group, which de-mystifies how the news of the miner’s strike was constructed focusing on the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV news coverage.

‘Side by Side Women Organise’, documents a way in which many women in mining communities became aware of class and sexual politics and organised themselves into a national movement Women against Pit Closures. It shows the parallels they drew between their struggle and the struggles of other oppressed peoples both here and internationally, and with the many struggles of previous generations of women, often hidden in history. (The Other Side)

‘Side by Side Women Organise’, by The Other Side Video Collective with the Nottingham Women’s Support Group, Nottingham, 1985, 44 min., VHS transferred to DVD, colour.

‘Coal Board News’, by Glasgow University Media Group, 1986, 15 min, VHS transferred to DVD, colour.

Screened with the kind permission of the Northern Region Film & Television Archive.

Margareta Kern’s practice is concerned with the relationship of performance, narrative and participation to experimental and documentary image-making. Through her photography, video and installation works, Kern draws the audience into an implicated space where social relations are questioned and reconfigured. Kern is currently a holder of Leverhulme artist-in-residence award 2012, at Durham University, UK.  She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ and Visual and Material Culture at UCL, London. www.margaretakern.com https://strike1984.wordpress.com


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