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War Requiem – English National Opera

On Thursday 22 November, Artist-in-Residence, Dr Milena Michalski, joined a panel at the English National Opera for a pre-performance discussion of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.  In War Requiem, Benjamin Britten juxtaposes – or reconciles –  the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen and the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass.

The discussion was hosted by journalist Alexandra Coghlan, with ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins, Dr Milena Michalski, and ENO Staff Director Elaine Tyler-Hall.

Pre-performance talks 2018/19

Introduction to Britten’s War Requiem

Reconciliations Exhibition Opening 1 November 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the opening of our exhibition, Reconcilations, at The Exchange, Bush House, King’s College London on 1 November 2018, and at the Knapp Gallery, Regent’s University London on 2 November 2018.

We had two wonderful evenings celebrating and discussing the work of all of the wonderful artists whose work is included in the exhibition, including Vladimir Miladinovic who managed to navigate the dreaded visa regime and come from Belgrade to help us install his beautiful series of ink drawings, Memoria Bosniaca, and Dejan Kaludjerovic, who designed a special display about his work, Marbles, for us to exhibit in London.  We look forward to being able to exhibit the whole installation in Sarajevo in Reconciliations II later this year. We also saw Mladen Miljanovic’s rocket launcher in operation watering the gardens in Regent’s Quad!

Artists whose work is exhibited at the Knapp Gallery also joined us last night for a fascinating and insightful discussion about reconciliation and the artistic process.  We heard from Lola Frost, Pam Skelton, Naresh Kaushai and Gunther Herbst and Emma Elliott about how they navigate contradictions and contestations in their work, and how the reconciliation of paradoxical and seemingly mutually exclusive positions could be managed but not, crucially, necessarily resolved.

We look forward to hosting some of the other featured artists from Bosnia and Hercegovina – Lana Cmajcanin and Adela Jusic (Bedtime Stories), Ziyah Gafic (The Rope), Mladen Miljanovic (MWRL) and Melos Gashi (The Tapes) later this month, and to hearing them discuss their work at the Symposium, together with partners from the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Stacion – Institute for Contemporary Arts in Prishtina and the Post-Conflict Research Center, Sarajevo, who were instrumental in the commissioning of the work.

Performance: ‘Attention’ by Touchdown Dance Company, 30th Nov 2018

Touchdown create in the moment within a structured score, including concepts of proximity and space, architecture (Angus Balbernie) the poetics of movement (Steve Batts), and kinaesthetic awareness (Julyen Hamilton). This 30 minute performance will be followed by a Q&A with the dancers.
30 Nov 2018, 19:00 to 21:00pm, The Exchange, Kings College Strand Campus, London.  For further info and to register.

Talk: Photography and Art in Post Conflict Societies, 28th Nov 2018

In this event the photographer Ziyah Gafić and artist, Mladen Miljanović will discuss their work and its relation to the post war legacy of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
Wednesday 28 November, 14.00-16.00pm, London College of Communication
, Elephant & Castle, London.  For further info and to register.

Dance excerpt and Q&A: Reconciling Experience, 21st Nov

Choreography by Roman Baca, Fulbright Scholar, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and former US Marine.
This choreography aims to explore how the experience of serving in the military becomes embodied and carried over into everyday life.
21 November 2018, 19:00 to 21.00 at The Exchange, Kings College Strand Campus.  For further into and to register.

Talk: Text Illuminations: Data, Discourses and Representation, 15th Nov, London

Panel discussion with artist, Dr Nela Milic (University of the Arts London) and political scientists, Dr Denisa Kostovicova, Dr Ivor Sokolic and Tom Paskhalis of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Thursday 15 November 2018, 6.30-8.pm, The Exchange, Kings College Strand Campus.  For further info and to register.

Talk: Text Illuminations: Data, Discourses and Representation, 15th Nov, 2018

Panel discussion with artist, Dr Nela Milic (University of the Arts London) and political scientists, Dr Denisa Kostovicova, Dr Ivor Sokolic and Tom Paskhalis of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Thursday 15 November 2018, 6.30-8.pm, The Exchange, Kings College Strand Campus.  For further info and to register.

Artist’s talk: Art and Reconciliation; A Conversation, 7th Nov, 2018

Artist in Residence, Dr Milena Michalski, In Conversation with artists on the theme of reconciliation and art at The Exchange, Kings College Strand Campus, 18.30-20.00pm.

In connection with the ‘Reconciliations’ exhibitions, and bringing together some of the artists showing there with other artists whose work deals with reconciliation in the broadest sense, this public discussion reflects on a wide range of reconciliations – or not – including between art and atrocity, both past and present; the artist’s internal conflict during the making of work; between art and politics, art and psychology and between elements such as abstraction and documentation.  For further info and to register.

Talk: Forensic Aesthetics, 31st October

Wed 31st October, 14-16pm,  London College of Communication,Elephant & Castle, London

Artist Vladimir Miladinović will discuss his work from the project Rendered History, which deals with wartime and post-war trauma of the former Yugoslav societies.  In addition Dr Paul Lowe will present his paper: Traces of Traces: Time, space, objects and the forensic turn in photography.

For more info see here