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Talk: Colin Muir and Dominic Willsdon

Great George Street Mural, Liverpool (detail), Alan Murray, 2006. Photo: Rob Battersby, 2015

Great George Street Mural, Liverpool (detail), Alan Murray, 2006. Photo: Rob Battersby, 2015

For Aristotle, episodes make bad art.

Of all plots and actions the episodic are the worst. I call a plot ‘episodic’ in which the episodes or acts succeed one another without probable or necessary sequence. Bad poets compose such pieces by their own fault, good poets, to please the players; for, as they write show pieces for competition, they stretch the plot beyond its capacity, and are often forced to break the natural continuity. (Aristotle, Poetics, Part 9)

Join us for a conversation between scriptwriter Colin Muir and Liverpool Biennial co-curator Dominic Willsdon. They will discuss episodes, characters and narrative structures, and how these elements are beginning to shape the plans for Liverpool Biennial 2016.

This event will take place in Lecture Room 1 of The John Lennon Art and Design Building.

Colin Muir is a scriptwriter who has taught at the University of Salford since 1991. He has taught scriptwriting, directing, acting and producing, maintaining a particular interest in adaptations, genre and form in screenwriting, narrative, characterisation and intentionality. He established the MA TV & Radio Scriptwriting in 1996 followed by the MA Film Screenwriting in 2007, a joint venture with Tampere University in Finland. Before that, he ran his own production company in Philadelphia, Optical Productions, and worked in film development in LA. His latest film script is a co-production with Umedia, Iris Productions UK and Republika Films.

Dominic Willsdon is a curator and educator. He is the Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Professor in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts. He was also Pedagogical Cloud Curator of the 9th Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre (2013). Recent and current projects include include the exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, the symposium Visual Activism, a book titled Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good, and a temporary social club that takes place on board a retired 1930s US Coast Guard cutter.


10 March 2015, 6.30pm


Exhibition Research Lab
The John Lennon Art & Design Building
Liverpool John Moores University
Duckinfield Street
Liverpool L3 5RD

Entrance via main building/reception on week days, and via exhibition space on weekends.

TicketsFree, booking required