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Land of Silence and Darkness: Four days of talk and action connecting movies, blindness, drawing, perception and neuroscience.

14 May 2008 – 17 May 2008

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Free

The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art

Oxford, United Kingdom

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Main events Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May This programme is hosted by Anna Lucas, the Wellcome Trust artist in residence at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, The University of Oxford. It is loosely inspired by Anna's repeated act of ‘blind drawing' Werner Herzog's documentary film 'Land of Silence and Darkness' about a deafblind woman's communication through touch. Events take place across the University and include: A ‘show and tell' by visual neuroscientist Wyeth Bair. Artist Lindsay Seers giving a performance in which a girl turns herself into a camera in order to understand the impact that photography has had on her. A deaf blind interpretation of the 17th Century ceiling painting depicting 'The Truth combining the Arts with the Sciences to expel Ignorance from the University', in Christopher Wren's classic building The Sheldonian Theatre. Screening of a brand new print of Werner Herzog's moving documentary 'Land of Silence and Darkness'. Herzog's cameraman Jörg Henning Schmidt-Reitwein presents AUS (5'5s) in which blind twins travel to Vietnam to literally feel an Asian country with their own hands. Critic, Herzog expert and scholar Silke Panse reflects on 'translations' between physical experiences and their images; between the documentary index and the carbon copy. Writer Kate Tunstall discusses Diderot's Letter on the Blind for the Use of Those who can See. Film-maker Peter Mann presenting his film and book about his father Sargy Mann — Probably the best blind painter in Peckham. Booking not required. For further information contact info@ruskin-sch.ox.ac.uk 01865 276940

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