Curator | Writer | Researcher
Kubrick’s Architecture: a Study Day at BFI Southbank on 6 April 2019.
Future Directions: The Activist Museum: panel chair at the workshop Curating Protest Memory at King’s College London on 28 March 2019.
This is a public place. Everyone has the right to be left in peace. The Many Exposures of Blow-Up: a presentation at BFI Southbank, as part of the Study Day Landscape and Architecture in the Cinema of Michelangelo Antonioni, on 16 February 2019.
Getting Lost in the Museum: a talk at a discussion on museums organised by the Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP) at St Augustine’s Centre, Brighton on 3 September 2018.
Besides the Screen: chair of a plenary panel at the conference Vaults, Archives, Clouds and Platforms: Archiving and Preservation in the 21st Century at King’s College London on 2 July 2018.
David Lynch Sprawls: a talk at the conference Freud/Lynch: Behind the Curtain organised by the Freud Museum and held at the Rio Cinema on 26-27 May 2018.
Critics’ Salon: The Killing of a Sacred Deer: a panel discussion with Tara Judah and Kelli Weston at BFI Southbank on 21 November 2017.
Thrilling Berlin: Open Spaces and Locked Rooms: a presentation at BFI Southbank on 11 November 2017, as part of The Big Thrill.
Introduction to Rosemary’s Baby: a short talk at BFI Southbank on 26 July 2017.
Understanding Steve McQueen: a panel discussion with Ashley Clark, Ozlem Koksal and Clive Nwonka at the ICA on 19 May 2017, as part of the Black Film British Cinema conference.
Memory Now: a talk with Jessica Rapson at JW3 on 25 April 2017.
The Political Landscapes of Kelly Reichardt: a presentation at BFI Southbank, as part of Certain Women and Other Animals: a Kelly Reichardt Symposium, on 5 March 2017.
Film | Making | Space: a panel discussion at the Royal Academy on 13 February 2017.
Martin Scorsese’s History of New York: a talk at BFI Southbank on 1 February 2017.
We are the Institution: On Contemporary Museums: a talk at the University of Greenwich on 20 October 2016, as part of the Hawksmoor International Lecture Series.
The Bare Light Bulb: Speculations on Art and Gentrification: a presentation at the Configuring Light seminar at the LSE on 14 September 2016.
The Art of the Essay: a presentation at the symposium Architecture | Essay | Film at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL on 19 April 2016.
Jean-Luc Godard as Architect: a talk at BFI Southbank on 13 January 2016, followed by a discussion with Chris Darke. A video essay based on the talk (directed and edited by Jon Spira) can be seen here.
The Cinema Show: a conversation with Ben Rylan on Monocle 24 on 11 December 2015.
Introduction to Sunrise: a short talk at BFI Southbank on 9 November 2015.
Love, Sex and the Cinematic City: a talk at the BFI Reuben Library on 9 November 2015.
Regeneration! A conversation with Jessie Brennan at the RIBA Bookshop on 6 October 2015 to celebrate the launch of her book Regeneration! Conversations, Drawings, Archives & Photographs from Robin Hood Gardens.
London: Real Dreams, Unreal City: a talk at the BFI Reuben Library on 7 September 2015.
The Image of Gentrification: a talk at BFI Southbank as part of The Malleable Spectacle: a London on Film Study Day, on 4 July 2015.
Listening to Andrea Fraser: a presentation at the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) conference Archives of/for the Future at the University of Łódź on 20 June 2015.
Art in Place: a talk with artists from Specular Assembly at the India Club on 24 May 2015.
Glasgow on Film: a talk at the Royal Institute of British Architects on 1 May 2015, as part of the Mackintosh season.
On Weeping and Knowing Why: The Politics of Contemporary US Cinema: a panel discussion with Ozlem Koksal and Dietmar Meinel at the conference Rupture, Crisis, Transformation: New Directions in US Studies at the End of the American Century at Birkbeck on 22 November 2014.
A Date with the Zone: On Tarkovsky’s Stalker: a presentation at BFI Southbank, as part of the symposium Building Brave New Worlds: The Architectural Visions of Sci-Fi Cinema, on 1 November 2014.
Sci-Fi and Architecture: an illustrated talk and discussion at the Hackney Picturehouse on 30 October 2014, as part of The Sci-Fi Sessions.
The Image of Architecture: a seminar at the Architectural Association on 25 October 2014.
The Architecture of David Lynch: a conversation with Adam Kaasa at the AA Bookshop on 23 October 2014.
Introduction to Mulholland Drive: a talk at the Barbican Cinema on 27 September 2014, as part of the City Visions season.
Introduction to Lost Highway: a talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 13 September 2014, as part of the London Design Festival.
Duration Without Breaks: The Life and Times of Christian Marclay’s The Clock and Steve McQueen’s Shame: a presentation at the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) conference Creative Energies, Creative Industries at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan on 21 June 2014. An updated version of this talk was published in Alluvium in January 2016.
No Looking After the Internet: co-host with Oliver Whitehead of a Looking Group at the Photographers’ Gallery on 6 February 2014.
Snapshots of the Executioners: Torture, Images, Perpetrators: a presentation at the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) conference Media Politics – Political Media at the Charles University in Prague on 22 June 2013. An updated version of this talk was published in Alluvium in October 2014.
You Can’t Sleep Here: The Housing Crisis and Contemporary US Cinema: a presentation at the conference Claiming Space – Reconfigurations in Times of Crisis at the Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin on 24 May 2013. An updated version of this talk was published in Flow in November 2013.
The Architecture of David Lynch: a lecture at the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Technische Universität Dortmund on 16 May 2013. I also led a class on film noir and a seminar on spatial theory during my visit.
American Studies in the UK, 2000-2010: a report presented at the BAAS Annual Conference at the University of Manchester on 13 April 2012. A summary of the presentation, as well as my introduction to the project, was published in American Studies in Britain, Issue 107 (Autumn 2012).
The Architecture of Narrative: Inland Empire: a research seminar for MA students at the School of English, University of Kent on 20 March 2012.
Star-Gazing at the Griffith Observatory (with James Dean and Henri Lefebvre): a talk written and presented with Alice Honor Gavin at the Science Museum in London on 25 January 2012.
The Future of American Studies: a roundtable discussion, with Jenny Barrett, Michael Collins, Martin Halliwell and Helen Laville, at the BAAS Postgraduate Conference at the University of Birmingham on 12 November 2011.
American Studies in the UK, 2000-2010: a research seminar at the Department of American Studies, University of East Anglia on 12 October 2011.
Learning from Lynch: Urban Anxiety in Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive: a presentation at the Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture on 29 June 2011.
The Architecture of David Lynch: a presentation at the BAAS Annual Conference at the University of Central Lancashire on 15 April 2011.
Film and Architecture: a lecture at the School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University on 22 March 2011.
New Neighbours, Old Stories: The Polish-American Palimpsest of David Lynch’s Inland Empire: a presentation at the BAAS Postgraduate Conference at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford on 13 November 2010. An updated version of this talk was published in 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies in 2011.
One Big Swamp of Miserable Humanity: Philadelphia, Urban Decline and the “Rabbit” Novels: a presentation at the inaugural John Updike Society conference, Updike in Pennsylvania, at Alvernia University, Pennsylvania on 1-3 October 2010.
The Plot Against American Cities: Urban Decline and the Cinema of David Lynch: a presentation at the conference American Ideas in Context at the University of Nottingham on 14 September 2010.
INS Commission on Crypts: Architecture, Neurosis and Death: a discussion with Tom McCarthy and Chloe Aridjis at the Barbican Art Gallery on 29 July 2010, with testimony from Patrick Lynch and Darian Leader.
Film, Desire and Psychoanalysis: a discussion with Lucy Scholes and Matt Thorne, hosted by Seph Rodney, on Resonance FM on 19 November 2009.
Poor Richard: The Satirical Response to the Nixon Presidency: a presentation at the conference Richard Nixon and the Making of Modern America at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford on 11 May 2009.
Non-Places: a discussion with Matthew Taunton and Mitha Budhyarto on Resonance FM on 13 January 2009.
The Void Which Must Be Visible: Negotiating Catastrophe in the Architecture of Berlin: a presentation at the symposium The Making and Remaking of European Memory after 1945 at the University of Reading on 2 July 2008.