Jonathan Meades Retrospective

Dictators and Scotland

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Past Event

This event was on Sun 11 Jun 2017, 11.30am - 6pm

Writer, filmmaker, architectural critic and Britain’s greatest living television essayist Jonathan Meades (b. 1947) is the focus of our summer Retrospective.

In Joe Building (2006) and Jerry Building (1994) Meades probes the cultural imagination of totalitarianism, from strolling through the ruins of Nazi-built holiday resorts, to hectoring busts of Stalin in Soviet sculpture parks. This is followed by his compelling trilogy of Scottish films, Off-Kilter (2009).

The event will feature an introduction by Jonathan Meads and a conversation between the film-maker, Chris Petit and Douglas Murphy.


11.15 Doors open

11.30 Welcome and introduction by Jonathan Meades and curators

11.45 Joe-Building: The Stalin Heritage Trail (2006)  78:00

13.10 Lunch Break 

13.50 Jerry-Building: Unholy Relics of Nazi Germany (1994)  37:26

14.35 Conversation between Jonathan Meades and Chris Petit

15.05 The Isle of Rust (2009)  1hr

16.05 Tea and Coffee Break

16.30 Conversation between Jonathan Meades and Douglas Murphy

17.00 Footballs Coupons Towns (2009)  1hr

About Chris Petit

Chris Petit is a film-maker, novelist, essayist and installation artist. His seminal feature debut Radio On (1979) is a key work of British cinema. His novel Robinson similarly is a cult classic. He has collaborated extensively with Iain Sinclair and is now working on a number of projects with Schtinter.

About Douglas Murphy

Douglas Murphy is an author, architect and academic. His books include Nincompoopolis (Repeater, 2017), Last Futures (Verso, 2016), The Architecture of Failure (Zero, 2012), and he regularly writes for a wide variety of publications on architecture, art, politics and culture. He is studio tutor in the architecture departments of the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins, and has lectured widely throughout Europe.

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