Terror at the British Library

British_20Library_20LogoHalloween has started early at the British Library this October, as they open their vaults to a spooky new exhibition entitled Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.

From the literary nightmares of Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to the screen perils of Stanley Kubrick and Hammer horror films, over 200 rare objects chart 250 years of the Gothic tradition, exploring our enduring fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre, detailing how the genre has cast a dark shadow across film, art, music, fashion, architecture and every day life.

Iconic works such as handwritten drafts of the classics Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as well as the more contemporary horrors of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and the Twilight saga, are included in the exhibition, which runs through until 20th January. Full booking details are available via the British Library website here:

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/gothic/index.html

Eden Flix Presents 'Future By Design'

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Next Wednesday afternoon (14th May) in the Cope Auditorium at 3pm Eden Flix is hosting a free showing of Academy Award nominated director William Gazecki’s acclaimed 2006 documentary Future By Design.

Future By Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a “generalist” or multi-disciplinarian – a student of many inter-related fields.

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness.

All staff and students at Loughborough are freely welcome to attend, though booking is necessary. To do that, follow this link.

Coming to a Cinema Near You…

Sorian Soosay

There’s a couple of special film screenings taking place over the next week that should be of great interest ot film buffs across campus.

This Sunday, 16th March, Flix Cinema and LSU Action present a traditional cinema experience with an old time film. Action volunteers become old fashioned cinema ushers and usherettes creating the feel of a traditional cinema experience where the 1944 classic National Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney will be shown at the Cope Auditorium. Doors open at 12.30pm with the film starting at 1pm, and there will be an old-fashioned refreshments interval too!

Then next Wednesday, 19th March, Eden Flix presents Flow: For the Love of Water, Irena Salina’s 2008 documentary about the perilous state of the world’s water supply. From both local and global perspectives, this documentary examines the harsh realities behind the mounting water crisis. Learn how politics, pollution and human rights are intertwined in this important issue that affects every being on Earth. With water drying up around the world and the future of human lives at stake, the film urges a call to arms before more of our most precious natural resource evaporates.

Flow is also being shown at the Cope, where the performance will start at 3pm. All students and staff are welcome to freely attend, though booking is necessary.

Cinema image by Soorian Soosay, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Eden Flix Presents 'Objectified'

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Next Wednesday afternoon (26th February) at 3pm in the Cope Auditorium Eden Flix is presenting a free showing of Gary Hustwit’s acclaimed 2009 documentary Objectified.

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.  Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness. All staff and students at Loughborough are welcome to attend.

Eden Flix Presents 'How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?'

118_posterThis Wednesday afternoon at 3pm in the Cope Auditorium Eden Flix presents a free showing of the documentary film How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?, introduced by Professor Jacqui Glass, Professor of Architecture & Sustainable Construction in the School of Civil and Building Engineering.

The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

Tickets are free, but booking is necessary – follow this link to do that.

Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness. All staff and students at Loughborough are welcome to attend.

Forthcoming Events on Campus During the Spring Term

790There’s a wide range of musical and artistic events to look forward to on campus during the Spring Term.

Radar, the University’s own arts programme, kicks off the New Year with an intriguing new installation work, Product Pleasure, which is being hosted in a kiosk on Market Street in Loughborough town centre! Academics within the University Design School have been exploring how consumers see products as sensorial, emotional and meaningful experiences, not merely as objects to deliver a service, and artists Jeremy Hutchison and Cecile B. Evans have been asked to respond to these questions and the research that is taking place within the Design School through these installation works. Jeremy Hutchison begins with his commission which is launched on Friday 10th January at 6pm, and continues throughout the following week from 11am daily until Saturday 18th January.

On Wednesday 22nd January award-winning guitarist Alan Thomas will be providing a free lunchtime performance of classical and Spanish guitar favourites, and timeless Lennon/McCartney compositions in the Art Cafe at the Cope Auditorium at 12pm.

Eden Flix continues their season of hard-hitting documentary films with an environmental twist with a showing of How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? introduced by Professor Jacqui Glass, Professor of Architecture & Sustainable Construction in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, on Wednesday 29th January at 3pm (free entry, but booking is necessary). The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.

On Wednesday 12th February the Heath Quartet (pictured above) will be playing at the Martin Hall Theatre from 7pm. Formed in 2002, the Heath Quartet is already establishing a strong international presence, having performed at prestigious festivals and venues across the UK, Europe and further afield.  In 2013 they won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award, the first ensemble in 15 years to win it, and in 2014 they make their Carnegie Hall debut. In this programme they will be performing works by Mozart, Tippett and Mendelssohn.

And on Monday 17th March from 7pm in the Cognito Bar at the Student Union, Speech Bubble will be blowing up for another scintillating evening of the finest poetry and spoken word by professional wordsmiths and student talent.

On a negative note, An Evening with Richard Mabey, arranged for Wednesday 29th January at the Martin Hall, has had to be cancelled owing to ill health. Those who have already purchased tickets need to contact the box office on 01509 635000 to arrange a refund.

Full and complete details of these events can be found via the Loughborough University Arts website here.

The Stuff that Dreams (and Bank Balances!) are Made of…

maltese falcon by sarah stierch

A statuette of one of cinema’s most iconic – and infamous – props, the Maltese Falcon, was yesterday sold at auction in New York for a staggering $4+ million.

The lead-cast statuette was one of two made for and featured in John Huston’s legendary 1941 film noir The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart as Dashiell Hammett’s sardonic private eye Sam Spade.

Ironically during the course of the film, the Falcon changes hands for as little as $10,000 – but many of the people who come in contact with it ended up murdered into the bargain!

If you want to see this ‘rare bird’ in its original form, you don’t have to pay anything but a trip to our High Demand section, where we keep a copy of The Maltese Falcon on DVD. We also have a copy of Dashiell Hammett’s original story among our American fiction section on Level 2, as well as a wide range of books examining the film noir genre and its influence on modern cinema.

Maltese Falcon statuette by Sarah Stierch, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Eden Flix Presents 'GasLand'

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The Eden Flix series of thought-provoking documentaries on an environmental theme begins again for the 2013-14 academic year with a screening of the Academy Award nominated 2010 film GasLand, introduced by Dr. Diganta Das, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, at 3pm on Wednesday, 20th November, at the Cope Auditorium.

With the concept of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, becoming increasingly considered as a key source of fuel for the UK, strong opinions supporting and opposing the process are fervidly arising amongst scientists, corporations and environmental activists causing widespread confusion among the population. Concerns speculate that fracking could cause carcinogenic pollution to water and earth tremors and they also elaborate that the shale gas extracted is ultimately, not a long-term nor sustainable option. The reality is that sufficient evidence hasn’t yet been produced to make calculated decisions, despite the seemingly convincing cases made by both sides – exemplified by Josh Fox’s work in GasLand.

Dr. Diganta Das will introduce this screening and open the floor for discussion afterwards. The screening will commence at 3pm and is free for all students and staff to attend, although booking is required as space is limited. You can do this via this link.

Eden Flix presents a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness, and is sponsored by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education as part of the Engineering and Design Educators Network series of events in collaboration with Loughborough’s long-established Flix Society. Watch out for details of further films next year.

PHIR Presents 'It's A Girl' Documentary Screening

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The School of Politics, History and International Relations will be presenting a free screening of the harrowing 2012 infanticide documentary film It’s a Girl next Tuesday in the Stewart Mason Building.

This one hour film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son.

In India and China, where sons are valued and daughters are burdens, millions of babies are killed, abandoned or selectively aborted, simply because they are girls. The result of longstanding traditions and governmental policies, this devaluation of females has led to rampant violence against women and a growing female “gendercide”. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this gendercide.

The screening of the film will take place in SMB017, Stewart Mason Building, on Tuesday 11th June at 6:30pm. Light refreshments and further discussion on the film and the issues of today’s infanticide will take place after the screening.

For further information and booking details, follow this link.

Radar at the Movies: Questions of Value

radar logoA trio of award-winning thought-provoking films are being shown over the next month by Radar, the University’s contemporary arts program, as part of their spring theme, Questions of Value.

The sequence begins this evening at 6PM in the LUA Project Space with a showing of Andrei Tarkovsky’s enigmatic 1979 science fiction mystery Stalker. Based upon the novel Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Sturgatsky, the film is frequently described by critics as one of the best SF movies ever made.

On Wednesday 29th May the Oscar-winning 2010 documentary Inside Job will be screened in the Cope Auditorium at 6PM. Narrated by Matt Damon, the film takes a hard-hitting view of the 2008 financial crisis and the industry that caused it.

Finally on Wednesday 5th June at 6PM in the Cope Auditorium there will be a showing of King Vidor’s 1949 drama The Fountainhead, starring Gary Cooper. Based on the controversial Ayn Rand novel of the same name, the film charts the struggle of an idealistic architect to maintain his artistic integrity in the face economic, professional and personal pressures.

All three films are free to attend. For further details, visit the Radar site here:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/radar__whats_on/questions_of_value1/