Our annual meeting will take place this year on Thursday, 6 December in the Annexe at St Andrew’s Hall Chesterton at 7 pm.
Please join us for refreshments and a very brief AGM, followed by a talk by Dr. Michael Hrebeniak about his new film, “Where is the Dust that has not been alive? Stirbitch: An Imaginary,” including screening of an excerpt of the film. Further details about the film appear below.
We look forward to seeing you for what should be a very interesting talk.
In 1199, King John granted a fair to the Leper Hospital on the Cambridge margins. Within a century Stourbridge Fair had outgrown its host to comprise the most significant event of its kind in medieval Europe: an international epicentre for material transaction. Its development would serve as an analogue of the movement from an economy of subsistence to that of surplus and, by the Nineteenth Century, the business of pleasure.
Today the site yields no sign of this temporary polis other than the Leper Chapel’s husk and a few survivals in local street-names. Patchily documented, it comprises an acute instance of culture without archive. A seven-century continuity of the carnivalesque has effectively been deleted.
Drawing upon his new film, Where is the Dust that has not been alive? Stirbitch: An Imaginary, that will be shown in the Whitechapel Gallery in early 2019, and his current text-photo installation in the Mumford Theatre foyer, Michael Hrebeniak will talk about his engagement with Stourbridge Common as a mnemonic to reflect upon relationships between the spatial performance of social life, habitat and cultural memory. It will explore how an imaginary of this ghost Fair can yield insights into the affective ties between people and the land’s physical contours.