Last week film-maker Jenny Coan came to speak to the Autopsies Research Group about her work with film archives and found footage.

Her short films made for Bill Ryder-Jones and his recent album release party have taken on a life of their own and reached the attention of the New York Times.

Each film brings together footage from archival material to create an evocative interpretation of a song from the Ryder-Jones album 'If...', his soundtrack to the Italo Calvino novel If on a Winter's Night a Traveler.

Coan purposefully did not look to the novel for inspiration; rather, she took her cues from the sounds, rhythms, and tempos of each Ryder-Jones track and produced her own 'orchestral' arrangement of moving images.

But Coan's films are more than visual accompaniments to the musical material and move the viewer through a series of witty and wonderful storylines that collapse and come together with Coan's masterful direction. Take a look and have a listen here.

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The Old Curiosity Shop, by Myles Birket Foster (1882)


To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens (7 February 1812), events and exhibitions have been organised all around Britain and abroad.

As part of the celebration of Dickens and Dickensiana, the
Autopsies Research Group announces its investigation into The
Afterlife of Dickens Objects
. This project places the emphasis on the household items and everyday objects that appear in Dickens's texts and in curated exhibits of Dickens's life.


For a look at some of these objects visit these ongoing events:

The British Library

The Dickens Museum

The Museum of London

Dickens House Museum, Broadstairs

Victoria and Albert Museum

List of worldwide events