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Communications Media Lecture Series features photography and experimental film

Posted 02/02/18

John Lennon by Roger Farrington, 1979The university’s Communications Media Lecture Series this spring features celebrated photographer Roger Farrington and world-renowned multimedia artist Xu Bing.

The spring series begins at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13 in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, with Boston-based commercial and public relations photographer Roger Farrington, who will talk about his 25 years of experience in the business of theater and celebrity events photography.

From his beginnings in Boston theater he built a successful business photographing for theater and events both celebrity and corporate. His clients have included The Charles Playhouse, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Wang Center, The Boston Public Library, MGH Partners Health Care and many more.

He will discuss his experiences being commissioned by Yoko Ono to photograph the recording sessions for her and John Lennon's album "Double Fantasy" in 1979. The album would be Lennon's final release. Farrington exhibited these and other early black and white images at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston for a show that ran six months. One of Farrington's photographs of John Lennon is shown here.

Xu Bing with his Square Word Calligraphy in his Beijing studio, 2016The series continues at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Ellis White Lecture Hall, with world-renowned multimedia artist Xu Bing presenting excerpts from his latest project, an experimental/documentary film Dragonfly Eyes. One of the most accomplished artists in China, he has exhibited widely in the U.S. While living in the U.S. he won a MacArthur Genius Grant in 1999. He was vice president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where is now a professor. His calligraphic work, collected by major museums, was recently shown in an exhibit of Chinese art that just closed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He is pictured here in his studio with his work Square Word Calligraphy, in which all the calligraphy is made of English words.

He will share scenes from Dragonfly Eyes, a feature-length film he made from surveillance camera footage from all over China. He turned the footage into an experimental/documentary film as a scripted ‘romantic’ story between a man and woman who actually did not known each other. The film has been screened at major film festivals including the New York and Toronto Film Festivals.

The lecture series is supported by funding from the university provost's office.

Click here to see a trailer for Dragonfly Eyes.

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