Walter Benjamin Now


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Past Event

This event was on Sat 26 September, 11am-6pm

On the 75th anniversary of his death (26.9.1940) a celebration and exploration of the life, work and legacy of the great essayist and philosopher, with screenings, readings and discussions. Guests include critic Brian Dillon, scholar Esther Leslie and poet Sophie Mayer plus a live performance of mixed media work Citation City by People Like Us.

In association with, Carroll Fletcher Gallery, the Goethe-Institut, Institut Ramon Llull, London Review Bookshop, RCA, Reaktion Books and Verso Books.

Part of a short season celebrating Benjamin’s life and work across London. Full details here.




11.30am Welcome and reading of a short poem by Stephen Watts

11.35am Hannah Arendt on film considering  Walter Benjamin (lecture extract, 1968) + The Passage Clock: for Walter Benjamin (2008, 10mins) / Dir. Jem Cohen

11.55am Esther Leslie / Walter Benjamin: Migrant and Refugee

12.30pm Flaneur III: Benjamin’s Shadow (1998, 40mins) Dir. Torben Skjodt Jensen

1.15pm Ways of Seeing: Part One (extract; 1972,  11 mins) Dir. Mike Dibb

1.30pm Break

2.30pm Brian Dillon

3.00pm Lost Book Found (1996, 37 mins) / Dir. Jem Cohen

3.40pm Sophie Mayer

4.10pm Break

4.40pm People Like Us: Citation City (performance; 2015, 40 mins)

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