June sees various events recalling the establishment of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham in 1964.

Founded by Richard Hoggart in 1964 and later directed by Stuart Hall, the Centre broke down barriers between staff and students and made ‘pop’ culture – pop music, television programmes, fashions – critical.

As a graduate of the Centre and member of the board of Vivid Projects I thought it useful to advertise their part in curating this moment.

Looking Out From The CCCS makes connections between 70s Birmingham culture and the present day, by way of alternative publications and community action print, film workshops and style magazines, and contemporary artists working with social media and data.

A series of weekly events will critically engage with the exhibition and explore the key themes in a contemporary context. Artists, writers, social networkers, cultural provocateurs, new young feminists, archivists and more will be unpicking the astonishing cultural legacy of the CCCS.

WEEK ONE

FRIDAY 6 JUNE | 6PM | VIVID PROJECTS

LAUNCH: SUPERSTYLING!

A month-long season investigating the impact of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies aka the ‘Birmingham School’ launches at Vivid Projects with a part celebrating style and identity.

Admission free. This event is presented as part of Digbeth First Friday.

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SATURDAY 7 JUNE | 11-4PM | VIVID PROJECTS

WORKSHOP: SOME GIRLS 2014

An exploratory workshop tackling the social issues, cultures, and concerns facing young women in association with Little Miss Creative http://www.wearelmc.com

Advance tickets are £5 (+95p fee) and include lunch.

Book your ticket here: http://somegirls2014workshop.eventbrite.co.uk

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WEEK TWO

THURSDAY 12 JUNE | 7.30PM | THE VICTORIA, JOHN BRIGHT STREET

DISCUSSION: HOW POPULAR IS POP MUSIC?

Join Neil Davenport (music writer and teacher), Adam Regan (Hare & Hounds) and Stasys Slauteris (Birmingham Academy of Music and Sound) as they discuss whether pop music has lost its power over the hearts and minds of the young. Convened by the Birmingham Salon.

Advance tickets £5, available here: http://www.birminghamsalon.org/

 

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WEEK THREE

THURSDAY 19 JUNE | 6.30PM | VIVID PROJECTS

SCREENING: BIRMINGHAM FILM AND VIDEO WORKSHOP

A selection of rarely seen works from Birmingham’s cultural history, collectively produced by the Birmingham Film and Video Workshop (BFVW). Selected by Professor Roger Shannon.

Advance tickets £2.50 + 80p fee | Tickets £3.50 on the door.

Available here: http://bfvwscreening.eventbrite.co.uk

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FRIDAY 20 JUNE | 7PM | THE DRUM

DISCUSSION: CITIZENSHIP, DEMOCRACY AND ACTIVISM

In memory of Professor Stuart Hall, The Drum host a discussion on citizenship, democracy and activism chaired by Professor Gurminder Bhambra, University of Warwick.

Admission Free.

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SATURDAY 21 JUNE | 1-6PM | VIVID PROJECTS

DISCUSSION: FILM/FEMINISM/IDENTITY/ACTIVISM

An afternoon of informal illustrated discussions exploring the key themes of the exhibition and the CCCS legacy. See website for session details.

Admission free, booking recommended. Reserve a place here: http://filmfeminismidentityactivism.eventbrite.co.uk

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WEEK FOUR

THURSDAY 26 JUNE | 7PM | VIVID PROJECTS

EVENT: SHOOP SHOOP – AN EVENING WITH DICK HEBDIGE AND MIKE HORSEMAN

We are delighted to welcome Dick Hebdige for a talk on subculture in the 70s. Hebdige is renowned for his book Subculture: the meaning of style which remains one of the seminal studies of post-war British youth culture. For this event, he is joined by DJ and photographer Mike Horseman (ex Barberellas, Rum Runner and Holy City Zoo) with whom he co-ran the Shoop Shoop club night at The Golden Eagle pub.

Advance tickets £5.95 (+ 95p booking fee). Book your ticket here: http://shoopshooptalk.eventbrite.co.uk

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SATURDAY 28 JUNE | 2PM | VIVID PROJECTS

WORKSHOP: FEAR OF BLACK SPACE

In the making of Fear of a Black Space, Ian Sergeant and Black Sauce Collective ask a series of questions using the establishment and abandonment of the Muhammad Ali Centre, Hockley,Birmingham as a motif. What did the building represents to the local community? Why does the space still cause anguish within the “black” community? How do you as an artist, your project, venue or organisation contribute to shaping the identity of a community, neighbourhood or the city?

Admission free, advance booking here: http://fearofblackspacetalk.eventbrite.co.uk

 

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