Project Timeline

January 2011 – founding of the Spirit of Marc Karlin Research Project (Hermione Harris, Holly Aylett and Andy Robson).

February 2011 – Recovery of Marc Karlin’s Paper, Film & Video Archive from Abbot Storage, Kings Cross.

April 2011 – Unveiling of the The Spirit of Marc Karlin wordpress site.

April 2011 – Nightcleaners DVD Roundtable discussion, LUX. Members of Berwick Street Collective – James Scott, Humphry Trevelyan, Jon Sanders, together with Hermione Harris, Holly Aylett, Andy Robson, Dan Kidner, and Mike Sperlinger (LUX).

Feburary 2012 – Secured funding from the Lipman & Miliband Trust – £1000 to assist with digitising the Marc Karlin’s film and video archive.

13-15 April 2012 Picture This and Marc Karlin Archive present a weekend film programme and screenings. Curated by Dan Kidner.

13 April 2012Nightcleaners (1970-1975), Arnolfini. Q&A with Mike Sperlinger (LUX) and Humphry Treveleyan (Berwick Street Collective) chaired by Dan Kidner.

14 April 2012For Memory (1982), Arnolfini. Q&A, Sheila Rowbotham (Writer in Residence at the Eccles Centre for American studies in the British Library) and Luke Fowler (a Glasgow based artist and filmmaker), chaired by Holly Aylett (documentary filmmaker, lecturer sand cultural sector director).

14 April 2012Between Times (1993), Arnolfini Q&A with Kodwo Eshun, artist, theorist and co-founder of the Otolith Group, Steve Sprung, filmmaker and editor of Between Times, and Picture This’ director Dan Kidner.

15 April 2012The Serpent (1997) Arnolfini Q&A chaired by Picture This’ Dan Kidner, with Holly Aylett and Karlin’s cinematographer Jonathan Bloom + Roundtable discussion Holly Aylett, Jonathan Bloom, Kodwo Eshun, Luke Fowler, Andy Robson, Sheila Rowbotham, Steve Sprung and hosted by Dan Kidner.

20 June 2012 – Open City Docs Fest Documentary Now Festival – Paper (In The Spirit of Marc Karlin) by Holly Aylett with panel discussion.

August 2012 – Karlin’s A/V archive transferred to uncompressed QT.

July – Oct 2012The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott by Luke Fowler. Fowler’s Turner Prize nominated film used footage of EP Thompson from Marc Karlin’s For Memory (1982).

1-2 November 2012 – Channel 4 and British Film Culture Conference, BFI NFT 3. Paper by Holly Aylett (Vertigo Magazine –Tracking the Independent Voices of C4 in UK Film Culture)

22 – 23 March 2013Vivid Projects, Birmingham – Revolution 03 Oh To Be In England

Screening – Nightcleaners (1972-75) – (The Berwick Street Film Collective) and A Dream From The Bath (1985)

27 March – 17 May 2013 – INIVA – An exhibition and lecture programme looking at how changes in the meaning of words reflect the cultural shifts in our society. Keywords is presented in partnership with Tate Liverpool and is based on Raymond Williams’ seminal text – Keywords: a vocabulary of culture and society.

Screening Nicaragua Part 1: Voyages (1985) as part of the Militant Image by the Otolith Collective

April 28 2013 – Roundtable discussion with Marc Karlin’s editors, DoPs and writers – Jonathan Bloom, Brand Thumin, Steve Sprung, Monica Henriquez, David Glyn, Holly Aylett, and Andy Robson

13 June 2013 A Time For Invention · A Symposium of Radical Filmmaking, Sheffield Hallam University

Holly Aylett (Vertigo and ‘In the Spirit of Marc Karlin’ project) · Luke Fowler (Artist, Turner Prize Nominee 2012) · Lina Gopaul and David Lawson (Black Audio Film Collective/Smoking Dog Films) · Ann Gueddes (Founder of Cinema Action) · Dan Kidner (Writer and Curator, recently published ‘Working Together: Notes on British Film Collectives in the 1970s’) · Christine Molloy (Artist, Desperate Optimists) · David Panos (Artist, Jarman Award Winner 2011) · Steve Sprung (Cinema Action/Poster Film Collective/Lusia Films), Federico Rossin (Critic and Curator)

13-15 June Vivid Projects, Birmingham. Revolution 10-13

Screenings – Utopias, Between Times and For Memory.

August 2013 Essay Film Season, BFI Aug 2013

Sukhdev Sandu’s article on Essay film

Thought in Action: The Art of the Essay Film: Panel Discussion – Chris Darke, Laura Mulvey, Kodwo Eshun, John Akomfrah and Laura Roscoli.

4 September 2013 – MayDay Rooms Inaugural Meeting

22 September 2013PAMI screening – Between Times (1993) with Q/A.

October-November 2013 – restoration of Karlin’s Nicaragua series (1985). New Spanish subtitles for screening in Nicaragua in 2014. Translation – Maite Lorès. Subtitles – Tal Amiran.

29 November 2013 – Mary Kelly presents Nightcleaners Part 1 screening – Birkbeck Institiute for Moving Image – Q&A chaired by Laura Mulvey. Mary Kelly dedicates screening to Marc Karlin.

16 January 2014 – BFI Meeting with Helen de Witt, Richard Patterson, Natahlie Morris, Kathy McGahan & Ros Cranston.

16 April – 22 June 2014 –  Chris Marker, Whitechapel Galleries 1, 8 & Victor Petitgas Gallery (Gallery 9) including documents from Marc Karlin Archive.

10 May 2014 – Symposium: Chris Marker: In Memory, Part 1, Whitechapel Gallery.  a series of presentations, screenings and discussions respond to the theme of memory, illustrating how the concept is interwoven throughout Marker’s life and work, providing new approaches to understanding Marker’s practice. Holly Aylett introduced extracts from Marc Karlin’s For Memory (1982).

17-23 September 2014 – DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ DOCS), South Korea. Holly Aylett introduces screenings of For Memory, Utopias, Nicaraguan Series and Nightcleaners (LUX)

21-23 November 2014 – Marc Karlin Archive with Open City Docs, supported by University College London’s Institute of the Americas, presents: RETURN TO NICARAGUA – The process of revolution through Marc Karlin’s remarkable documentary series. Free screenings, panels and dialogues. UCL, Darwin Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

35 years on from the Sandinista revolution, a very rare opportunity to view one of the most committed documentary projects of the late twentieth century in its entirety – Marc Karlin’s Nicaragua series (1985/1991).

International guests, including world-renowned photographer Susan Meiselas, and Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, offer first hand testimony together with Karlin’s film-making team: cinematographer Jonathan Bloom, former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Alan Fountain, researcher Hermione Harris and editor Monica Henriquez.

January 2015 – Return to Nicaragua, Managua Screening. Presented by Carlos Fernando Chamorro.

6 March 2015 – BIMI Essay Film Festival Prelude: the work of Marc Karlin, presented by Holly Aylett. In the third prelude to the Essay Film Festival (24-29 March 2015), Holly Aylett will present three films by Marc Karlin: For Memory (1982, 104 minutes [extracts]), A Dream from the Bath (1985, 22 minutes), and The Serpent (1997, 40 minutes).  Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image

31 March 2015 – Release of Marc Karlin – Look Again edited by Holly Aylett, published by Liverpool University Press.

April 30 2015 -BFI presents Essential Experiments, NFT3. Screening 1 – Between Times + Discussion. Screening 2 – The Outrage + The Serpent. In conjunction with the launch of Marc Karlin – Look Again.

17th-18th Aug 2015 – ARDECHE IMAGES – Les États généraux du film documentaire – Marc Karlin Retrospective – Debates led by Federico Rossin.

September/October 2015 – Film Comment – Marc Karlin: Look Again Review by Giovanni Vimercati.

30th October – 1st November 2015 – Presented by The Colloquium for Unpopular Culture – Memory And Illumination: The Films of Marc Karlin, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU, New York. Curated by Sukhdev Sandhu.

3 December 2015 – 14 February 2016 – Marc Karlin’s For Memory (1982) integration within The Inoperative Community, Raven Row. Curated by Dan Kidner.

4 March 2016 – 6 March 2016 – AV Festival, Newcastle. Meanwhile, what about socialism? Part 1. Marc Karlin Weekend – Between Times (1993), The Haircut (1998) , A Dream from the Bath (1985), The Serpent (1997), Utopias (1989), For Memory (1982) & Nicaragua Series (1985) with panels and discussions with Holly Aylett, Jonathan Bloom, Kodwo Eshun, Conrad Landin, Matt Berry, and Tina Gharavi. Curated by Rebecca Shatwell.

11 March 2016 – The story of British cinema’s forgotten revolutionary by Sam Thompson in Little White Lies.

23 March – 27 March 2016 – Courtisane Festival 2016, Ghent, Belgium. In Between Times – Marc Karlin + Black Audio Film Collective, Cinema Action & The Poster Collective. Curated by Pieter-Paul Mortier.

April 2016Journal of British Cinema and Television, Volume 13, Issue 2, April, 2016. Marc Karlin: Look Again Review by Ieuan Franklin.

20 May 2016 – 28 August 2016 – Muzeum Sztuki, Warsaw, Poland. Inoperative Community II exhibition (including Marc Karlin’s For Memory (1982)) Curated by Dan Kidner.

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