Derek Jarman Lab
The Derek Jarman Lab is a place for people to think with film. In the spirit of the visionary filmmaker and artist Derek Jarman, we believe in picking up a camera as a primary mode of intellectual investigation.
We combine practice and research in making films and teaching. Informed by our academic backgrounds, we use filmmaking as a tool for exploring and communicating research. We also have a track record in making and producing films — our first feature documentary, The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, premiered at the 2016 Berlinale and is now distributed worldwide.
With the digital accessibility of film and video, it is easier than ever to produce audio-visual content. We build a critical framework for filmmaking to encourage our students to think carefully about their work, and use film to its best potential. For us, the essay film form invites the best approach.
The Derek Jarman Lab is part of the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London and is chaired by Colin MacCabe. We are also supported by the University of Pittsburgh.
HOW WOULD LAHP STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM A PLACEMENT AT DEREK JARMAN LAB
The Derek Jarman Lab placement will allow students to develop new practical and research skills, and learn how to make effective use of moving images in the context of their academic research.
There is no set structure for how the placement must be taken, but students will:
- Attend an intensive course in audio-visual skills (camera, editing, working with archive footage, and production basics)
- Receive regular mentoring and feedback sessions
- Have access to camera and editing equipment
- Create their own research-based film with which to explore and communicate their scholarship
OPEN TO PLACEMENT PROPOSALS FROM LAHP STUDENTS AND SUPERVISORS
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PLACEMENT PROPOSALS
AREAS/DEPARTMENTS OPEN TO PLACEMENT PROPOSALS
The Derek Jarman Lab would be happy to involve PhD students in developing new research-based film productions.
PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE