On the 31th January 2014 in King’s College London’s chapel is the All-night party-vigil in celebration of Derek Jarman’s work 20 years after his death, made by Neil Bartlett.
He is taking over the college chapel for 24 hours and adding a temporary monument to the marble and stained glass testaments to the great and the good that line the college chapel’s walls. He is using some of Jarman’s favourite materials: dark, light, silence and film. For 24 hours the chapel will house a continuous, free screening of his film The Angelic Conversation, 1985. But this is not the only thing what will be happening for Jarman’s 20th anniversary. There will be conversations, conferences, lectures – and trips to his famous garden. After 20 years, it is time to celebrate what he did. And time, perhaps, to stay up late one night, and wonder where all that energy went, and where it might provoke or inspire us to go next.
Neil Bartlett is an author and theatre-maker with a long and distinguished record of making innovative work. He has made work for (amongst others) Artangel, the Manchester International Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Brighton Festival, the National Theatre and Duckie. He worked with Derek Jarman on his controversial installation at the Third Eye Centre in Glasgow in 1989. His own previous installation and site-specific works include A Vision of Love Revealed In Sleep (in collaboration with Robin Whitmore) at Butlers Wharf (1988), The Seven Sacraments of Nicolas Poussin (also with Whitmore) at the London Hospital and Southwark Cathedral (1998) and The Book of Numbers, a queer monologue for the pulpit of Westminster Abbey (2011).