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Of Other Spaces Screening: Nightcleaners by Berwick Street Film Collective

18:30 on 15 February 2017
Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, 13 Perth Road, DD1 4HT

Please join us for a free Screening of Nightcleaners, Part 1 (1972-75) by Berwick Street Film Collective at Cooper Gallery DJCAD on Wednesday 15 February, 6:30 – 8:30pm. The third installment in our Event Series for Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event?

Made by members of the Berwick Street Film Collective, which included Of Other Spaces artist Mary Kelly, Nightcleaners documents the routines and poor working conditions of women nightcleaners in the 1970s and their campaign to unionize.

Intending at the outset to make a campaign film, the Collective was forced to turn to new forms in order to represent the forces at work between the cleaners, the Cleaner’s Action Group and the unions – and the complex nature of the campaign itself, which involved two widely publicized strikes in the early 70s.

In its depiction of the precarious and invisible labour conditions of domestic workers, Nightcleaners is celebrated as a landmark of collective and feminist film-making and widely recognised as an important precursor to current political art practice.

UK, 1975
16mm film transferred to digital, black and white, 90 mins
Director: Berwick Street Collective (Marc Karlin, Mary Kelly, James Scott and Humphry Trevelyan)

This screening of Nightcleaners (Part 1) is part of the Of Other Spaces Event Series.

Further reading
In Of Other Spaces’ Study Area, exhibiting artist Mary Kelly has contributed a replica of the December Issue of Shrew Magazine, in which her photo sequence of nightcleaners was featured on the cover. This photo sequence was made prior to the film and emphasized the cyclical repetition of labour.

Upcoming Events:
Reading Group / Workshop: Wednesday 22 February, 6:00 – 8:00pm led by Dr. Catherine Spencer
Closing Performance Event: Saturday 4 March 2017, 2:00 – 6:00pm with performance by Anne Bean, He Chengyao and Siön Parkinson.

All events are free to attend however you may need to RSVP in advance.

Exhibition continues until 4 March 2017


Images courtesy of Berwick Street Film Collective: Humphry Trevelyan, Mary Kelly, James Scott, Marc Karlin and LUX, London 

Images courtesy of Berwick Street Film Collective: Humphry Trevelyan, Mary Kelly, James Scott, Marc Karlin and LUX, London