Redrawing The Maps


Redrawing the Maps will run from 1pm - 9pm, Monday to Friday and from 10am - 9pm on Saturday. This schedule lists events that are already confirmed. All events are free.

For all events, come to the Inigo Rooms in the East Wing of Somerset House.

Click on the entries below to read more, or get in touch to propose your own session.

1pm - 2pm | Redrawing from body to world Ball Rooms
With Ed Frith and Caroline Salem.

One hour drawing and movement and workshop; exploring from inside the body, to a wider awareness of the world. Exploring the relationship to each other, particular objects and the landscape around the body, using somatic and drawing practice. Led by architect Ed Frith and choreographer Caroline Salem. Please bring an object to consider as part of the process, this may be something you carry with you at all times or a disposable item. Consider wearing casual clothing so it is easy to move and lie on floor, there will be paper and pencils but do bring your own paints brushes/ipad/camera if you wish. Ed and Caroline run Moving Architecture and Space at Clarence Mews and teach/research at the Arts University College Bournemouth and the University of Greenwich
2pm - 3pm | Geopoetics & Walking Inigo Rooms
With Gordon Peters.
2.30pm - 4pm | Art & Property Now: A TourInigo Rooms
With Tom Overton

A tour of the exhibition in which Redrawing the Maps is based, with its curator, Tom Overton, who is also responsible for cataloguing Berger's archive at the British Library.
4pm - 6pm | The Field of Performance Ball Room
With Chris Goode, Mary Paterson, Theron Schmidt & others.

"The field that you are standing before appears to have the same proportions as your own life."

John Berger has had some direct and notable involvement in European theatre, both through his own plays and in collaboration with Simon McBurney / Complicite. But for many theatre makers and thinkers, the whole span of Berger's work and the qualities and tendencies of his praxis provide a stimulating variety of cues and jumping-off points for enlarging and enriching the territories of performance.

This thoughtful, playful experiment is curated by writer and maker Chris Goode, who is drawing on Berger for a new book, The Forest and the Field, about how we imagine the spaces in which theatre happens. Joining Chris for a conversation in various proximities to John Berger's example will be the critical writers Mary Paterson and Theron Schmidt, while a group of performers will respond live to the dialogue, and the unpredictable interplay between these two improvised encounters will gradually shape the contours of the emergent event.
6pm - 7.15pm | John Berger, The Peasantry & Salvation Ball Room
With Martyn Hudson

For over thirty years Berger has been working in, thinking about, and documenting a peasant community in Europe. Central to his vision has been the ways in which that mentality and historical community has been changing and dying and Berger has thought deeply in his fiction and his politics about the implications of that for social liberation and for the kinds of stories that can be retrieved from its wreckage. These stories are the resources that can contribute to the salvation of humanity or at least point to another world that is possible beyond that of Capital and Empire. This session will think about storytelling in the context of the peasantry and its dead bearing in mind Walter Benjamin's words that 'even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins'.
7.30pm | Screening: Play Me Something Room 5
(Timothy Neat, 1989, GB) Lucia Lanzarini, Charlie Barron, John Berger, Hamish Henderson, Tilda Swinton, Stewart Ennis, Robert Carr. 72 mins.

"Novelist, poet, playwright, artist, critic and commentator, John Berger is something of a Renaissance man. Here he adds a couple more strings to his bow, collaborating with director Timothy Neat to bring one of his own short stories to the screen, and appearing in the film as the mysterious storyteller: wandering across the sands in black suit and hat, suggesting both an enigmatic man with no name drifted in from the Highlands and Orson Welles avuncular MC in ‘F for Fake’. A story, he says, is like an open ticket, and so it is, as a handful of men and women await the plane for Glasgow on the Hebridean isle of Barra, which boasts Britain’s only tidal runway. Amongst them are visitors, a young woman (Tilda Swinton) setting off for a job on the mainland, the locals who have charge of the airport and in their midst, Berger. Jaunty, vibrant and expansive, he makes a mesmerizing storyteller, and his tale, on the face of it a simple yarn of a peasant’s weekend trip to Venice, becomes a complex exploration of people and places, factories and farms, sex, politics, musicways of being. The film quite naturally takes on myriad textures: colour and black/white, 35mm and blown-up 16mm footage, and, for the story within the story, still photographs by the exemplary Jean Mohr. Berger and Neat have discovered that there is a useful application for post modernism after all, the better to tell a tale." (Tom Charity, from Time Out).
7.30pm - 9pm | Picnic: Communities Growing on Learning & TeachingArchaeology Room
With Philo van Kemenade and Muhammad Khaleel Jaffer

Over the course of the week, Picnic are asking people to post their proposals and expression of interests for topics they would like to explore in a workshop. This session on Friday evening will be based on the proposal (or proposals) that gather most interest from the temporary community that has formed over the week.

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7.30pm - 9pm | Redrawing 2: Geographical MapsEJ Room
With Hannah Lewis

This is the second in a series of three workshops on redrawing different kinds of maps. Here the focus is on maps of places and landscapes.

Stimuli will include excerpts from Berger's writings such as 'A Story for Aesop': "What we actually see (mountains, coastlines, hills, clouds, vegetation) are the temporal consequences of a nameless, unimaginable event. We are still living that event, and geography... offers us signs concerning its nature." And from 'Ten Dispatches about Place': "Every day people follow signs pointing to some place which is... a chosen destination. On arrival they come to realize they are not in the place indicated by the signs they followed. Where they find themselves has the correct latitude, longitude, local time, currency, yet it does not have the specific gravity of the destination they chose."

I will also weave in provocations from other sources, such as Gregory Bateson's explorations of the 'map/territory relation', and ideas from the book 'Seeing through Maps' (Wood, Kaiser, Abramms) which highlights the multiplicity of truths and distortions represented by maps and emphasises that 'all maps are selective' and 'all maps have a purpose'.

Paper and digital maps and other visual representations of physical locations will also play a role in the discussions, which will enquire into how and why we might redraw our (external and internal) maps of the territory we inhabit.
7.30pm - Bagua Arm Swings for Beginners Ball Room
With Felix Waterhouse.

Spent enough time in your head this week? Ready to get back in to your body? Arm swings play a part in many systems of traditional kung fu. Felix Waterhouse will present a couple of arm swings from Bagua Quan; explaining a bit more about Bagua and the health benefits underpin the arm swings.