Spike Island

Extra CurricularArt and culture reading group


Thursday 19 April 2012, 5.30–7pm at Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA


Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

Please note that the time and location of this month's Extra Curricular has moved so that participants can attend The Film Exercise at Arnolfini afterwards.

Contact us for full details of the session's text.

Event type

Extra Curricular

This monthly reading group is a platform for discovering and debating current topics in art, cultural theory and experimental fiction. Sessions are hosted by invited guests who have suggested texts that have been influential on their practice or form part of their research.

Dan Kidner has chosen for April's discussion “Problems of Independent Cinema”, an interview between British filmmaker Marc Karlin and Claire Johnston, Mark Nash and Paul Willemenpublished in Screen in 1980. The text is a rare document for its time, sophisticated in its understanding of the term ‘independence’ and prescient in its vision of the future for ‘independent’ filmmakers. It covers Karlin’s experience of making political films in the 70s, his involvement with the Independent Film Association and work with organisations such as the distributor The Other Cinema and the film union ACTT.

This conversation accompanies a retrospective of Karlin’s work programmed by Picture This at Arnolfini, 13 to 15 April.

Dan Kidner

Dan Kidner is a curator and writer. He was the Director of Picture This, Bristol from 2011 to 2013, and Director of City Projects, London from 2004 to 2011. His books include, with Petra Bauer, Working Together: British Film Collectives in the 1970s (2013) and with George Clark and James Richards, A Detour Around Infermental (2011). He most recently curated the exhibitions The Inoperative Community, Raven Row (3 December 2015 to 14 February 2016) and Rozdzielona Wspólnota (The Inoperative Community II), Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland (20 May to 28 August 2016).