UCL Culture Late: Revolutionary Encounters
Where does the truth lie? Which side are you on?
In a world of social media and 24-hour news, how we understand events from ecological disasters, financial crises to political uprising is shaped by eye witness accounts and viral images often emerging from grass root activism.
But this is not new! At our UCL Culture Late, explore how one of the most bloody and notorious uprisings in European history, the French Revolution, was shrouded in secrecy and personal hidden messages, shared through private letters, prints, drawings and even fashion.
At the heart of our story is the wealthy dowager Duchesse d’Elbeuf, who overlooked the guillotine in the midst of the French Revolution. Become part of her inner circle and find out the latest gossip and intrigue in Parisian high-society.
Join artist Rebecca Loweth to practice hiding covert messages in design, become part of a revolutionary dance with Mrs Bennet’s Dance Group. Find out about revolution on film and TV with cultural historian John J Johnston and discover the motivations of Madame Defarge and her revolutionary knitting with Dicken’s scholar Miriam Helms. There will be timed performances created by theatre-makers Nicola Baldwin and Saskia Marland and a film installation by Sal Pittman (Klanghaus)
This event is inspired by the UCL Art Museum exhibition Witnessing Terror.