University of Brighton Gallery
Exhibition Saturday 22nd November – Friday 19th December. Private View Fri 21st November
A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father …
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ann Quin’s brilliant debut novel, CINECITY and artist/production designer Anna Deamer present a film set installation for an imaginary screen version of BERG. The immersive, cinematic environment is complemented by sound design from renowned musician and composer Barry Adamson.
‘A Graham Greene thriller as if reworked by a somewhat romantic Burroughs.’
A boarding house in out of season Brighton is the background for this strange, disturbing and darkly comic drama. Published in 1964, BERG – described as the best novel ever set in Brighton – established Ann Quin’s reputation as one of the most original, contemporary British writers. She wrote a further three, increasingly experimental novels but remains one of the best-kept secrets of British literature. She died in 1973, drowning in the sea off Brighton, aged 37.
Following on from the success of 2012’s Hangover Square, BERG has been designed by Anna Deamer for CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival. It has been constructed in partnership with City College Brighton & Hove and Film and TV Supervising Carpenter Steve Deane, whose credits include Downton Abbey and Captain Phillips.
The project is presented with the University of Brighton and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
There will be a full programme of film screenings, talks, workshops and special events to complement the exhibition.
1960s Film & Literature Programme.
To compliment the exhibition BERG, CINECITY has selected a programme of 1960s cinema that illuminates the contemporary influences informing Ann Quin’s writing. All the films selected have a literary source. The season also includes a symposium in collaboration with Centre 21 at The University of Brighton.
Confirmed film screenings so far include Last Year at Marienbad, West 11, and The L-Shaped Room. Plus short film programmes including The Cut Ups and Towers Open Fire by William Burroughs and Anthony Balch.
Berg Film Trail: 1960s Cinema
In addition to the screenings taking place in the festival CINECITY are working with a network of new partners across East Sussex during November to present a touring programme of groundbreaking early 1960s cinema to complement BERG.
Find out more about the trail at http://www.cine-city.co.uk/projects/berg-1960s-film-trail/
Who was Ann Quin?
Wednesday 3rd December 6.30pm, Jubilee Library
Join panelists Nell Dunn and Lee Rourke as they discuss Ann Quin’s legacy and talk about why she is virtually unknown in her home-town of Brighton. They will be focusing on her groundbreaking debut novel Berg (1964) which Lee Rourke describes as ‘a debut novel so staggeringly superior to most you’ll never forget it’. There will be readings from Berg, a short film screening showing Brighton in the sixties and a bar. Event produced by Collected Works CIC.
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Berg Artist Talk
Thursday 4th December 6pm, University Of Brighton Gallery
Artist and production designer Anna Deamer presents an illustrated talk about her latest project BERG, a film set installation for an imagined screen version of Ann Quin’s acclaimed 1964 novel. Deamer has created the installation at the University of Brighton Gallery with Tim Brown of CINECITY and she will discuss how the project developed and answer questions from the audience.
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