'Unseen' Symposium

30 May 2015

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11.00 - 17.30

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National Maritime Museum

London, United Kingdom


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This interdisciplinary day, inspired by Dryden Goodwin’s feature-length essay film, will explore the nature and implications of looking surgically, legally, astronomically and culturally.


The day will include talks, screenings and readings and will involve all three distinguished participants of the film, as well as Goodwin himself. It will be hosted by Gareth Evans, Film Curator at Whitechapel Gallery.

Charting a series of close encounters by the artist, Unseen focuses on three individuals with a particular relationship to looking: a planetary explorer, an eye surgeon and a human rights lawyer. In this panel discussion, we hear from all three subjects of the film in conversation with Dryden Goodwin.

Multi-award winning poet, novelist and broadcaster Lavinia Greenlaw will offer a personal response to the film and read from her own work, exploring the relationship between art and science, and specifically on perception.

The hugely influential writer John Berger is a key inspiration on Unseen. Tom Overton, Berger's British Library archivist and the editor of a forthcoming major collection of his art writings, will explore Berger's thoughts on drawing and looking in an illustrated talk.

 Making Unseen: Dryden Goodwin will explore his work leading up to Unseen in an extended and illustrated conversation with Gareth Evans and the audience.

A rare screening of Gary Tarn's astonishing feature essay film Black Sun, winner of many international awards. Co-produced by Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá tambiénGravity) and John Battsek (One Day in September), it tells the story of Hugues de Montalembert, a French artist and filmmaker living in New York, who was blinded during a violent assault in 1978.


Gareth Evans

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Dryden Goodwin

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