“Meet Stuart Marshall – Art, Activism and the AIDS Crisis: Learning in a Public Medium”

HIV, Montreal

The Concordia University Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS presents:

“Meet Stuart Marshall – Art, Activism and the AIDS Crisis:
Learning in a Public Medium ”

Conal McStravick
Artist | LUX | London, UK

with an introduction by John Greyson

World AIDS Day | 1 Dec. 2016 | 7pm
Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium | MMFA | 1379 Rue Sherbrooke W.

You know David Wojnarowicz, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Michael Callen, Hervé Guibert, General Idea, and maybe even Quebec vidéaste Esther Valiquette…. Meet Stuart Marshall (1949-1993).

In 1984, British video artist Stuart Marshall debuted two new works that boldly reacted to the homophobic response of international media to the AIDS crisis: the video installation, Journal of the Plague Year at Galerie Optica, Montreal as part of Video ’84; and the now iconic hybrid documentary Bright Eyes, for the 11th Hour on Channel 4, Marshall’s first for British television.

London-based artist and programmer Conal McStravick’s lecture will contextualise Marshall’s significant and influential works on HIV/AIDS by drawing on the works themselves, archival TV appearances and documentation. McStravick will illustrate how Mar-shall’s voice and his polemical stance on the representation of HIV/AIDS and AIDS activism resonated with international audiences and helped to propel debates about the pandemic in new directions. By applying both experimental video and existing televisual forms and conventions, Marshall addressed feminism, queer politics and AIDS activism in turn. A method that would define an influential, intersectional cultural/ critical programme that continues to influence contemporary research and practice today.

“Meet Stuart Marshall” is accompanied by a panoply of World AIDS Week activities devoted to reviving the artist’s work: two screening programs of his most important short works, plus a restoration of Journal of the Plague Year in conversation with selected video works by Concordia sexuality and film students entitled Generations atthe VAV Gallery.”

Conal McStravick (b.1979, Lurgan, N.Ireland) makes solo and collaborative works to ex- plore the histories, social practices, and economies of art and queer politics. In 2013, McStravick began researching Marshall and has since developed a series of active research events titled Learning in a Public Medium. This series explores Marshall’s works, legacies and contemporary resonances as artist, activist, writer and educator through workshops, screenings and presentations. McStravick has appeared on panels at Glasgow Film Theatre, BFI London and Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image to talk about queer film and video, Marshall and the Learning in a Public Medium project. In 2017, The Showroom, London are partnering with Conal McStravick & LUX to develop Learning in a Public Medium into a series of new dialogues with Marshall’s works at venues across the UK.

The lecture will take place in English.

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The public lecture will be accompanied by a special retrospective screening:

Meet Stuart Marshall: AIDS film and video work 1984-1993

with an introduction by Conal McStravick

4 Dec. 2016 | Program 1: 14h – 15h30 | Program 2: 17h – 18h30
H-110 | 1455 de Maisonneuve O.

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And a special exhibition in collaboration with the VAV Gallery:


Work by Concordia Fine Arts Students
in conversation with Stuart Marshall’s |Journal of the Plague Year”

Nov 28th – Dec 9th
VAV Gallery | 1395 Rene Levesque W.