The curator and writer Dan Kidner leads a Masterclass reflecting on his recent writing and exhibitions exploring the histories and historiographies of film and video’s radical past. Kidner will discuss the politics of UK filmmaking collectives from the 1970s such as the Berwick Street Film Collective and the London Women’s Film Group, the evolving distributive strategies developed for independent film and video, internationally, through the 1970s and 1980s, and the accommodation of this work by the institutions of contemporary art.
Dan Kidner was previously Director of Picture This, Bristol (2011–13), and Director of City Projects, London (2004–11). Over the past 10 years he has produced projects by many artists including Knut Åsdam, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Cara Tolmie, Emily Wardill, James Richards and Jimmy Robert. 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 writes regularly for Frieze and other magazines and journals. 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).
Image: Leslie Thornton, Peggy and Fred in Hell: Folding, 1984-2015, installed at The Inoperative Community, Raven Row, 3 December 2015 – 14 February 2016. Courtesy of the artist, photograph by Marcus J. Leith.