Talk: The Arca Project
Saturday 15 Jun 2019 2pm
The Arca Project, one of this year’s Festival exhibitions, is inspired by the work of the late German writer and academic W.G. Sebald. In this talk, curators Michael Hall and Graeme Gilloch are joined by Philippa Comber – personal friend of Sebald and author of ‘Ariadne’s Thread: In Memory of W.G. Sebald’ – to discuss the concept behind the exhibition and the influence of Sebald.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Amanda Hopkinson can no longer take part in the talk, but we’re delighted to welcome Philippa Comber in her place.
The exhibition is on view in the Pond Gallery, 7-23 June. More info>>
Coinciding with The Arca Project at Snape Maltings, Lines of Sight: W.G. Sebalds’s East Anglia is an exhibition and series of talks at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery celebrating the work of Sebald on the 75th anniversary of his birth.
Philippa Comber was born in London. Armed with a degree in English from Exeter University, she set her sights on a career in book publishing. Out of this emerged a growing interest in the social sciences which led her, via a circuitous route, to study Psychology and train as a psychotherapist at the Free University of Berlin during the 1970s. In 1980, she returned to the UK to take up a clinical post in Norwich and it was there, in August 1981, that she first met Max Sebald. In 1999, she moved to Manchester and since taking retirement from the National Health Service, has devoted much of her time to writing. In addition to ‘Ariadne’s Thread: In Memory of W.G. Sebald’ (2014, Propolis), Philippa is the author of ‘In This Trembling Shade’, ten poems set to music as a song cycle.
Michael Hall is an artist, writer, curator, director of School Gallery and co-founder of Invisible Print Studio. He has curated a variety of exhibitions including Bruce McLean, Michael Brick, Simon Patterson, Ana Milenkovic, Daniel Rapley, Steven Scott, Catherine Haines, Steph Goodger and Julian Rowe. Group exhibitions include ‘Call Me Ishmael: An Exhibition on the Theme of Moby Dick’ and ‘Thrilling From A Distance: Architectural Imaginings for Croydon’. Hall has written for publications including the new book ‘Bruce McLean: Minimal Invisible Missing’, the 2011 publication ‘Dominion: A Whale Symposium’, and ‘Garageland 8’. He conceived and curated the project ‘In Conversation with Stuart Sutcliffe’, published as a book in 2012.
Graeme Gilloch is a cultural theorist and reader in Sociology at Lancaster University. Publications include ‘Myth and Metropolis: Walter Benjamin and the City’ (1997, Polity Press); ‘Walter Benjamin: Critical Constellations’ (2002, Polity Press); and ‘Siegfried Kracauer: An Intellectual Biography (Key Contemporary Thinkers)’ (2015, Polity Press).