Sunday, 30 September 2012
Saturday 22's afternoon of film, papers, notes and readings on and of the work of Basil King held at Anthology Film Archives in the Bowery was a triumph exceeding the expectations of the organisers. People were turned away from the auditorium (one unfortunate speaker was unable to get back in after a visit to the John). The varied presentations and the perspectives the participants offered came together wonderfully. The six hours were not a minute too long and at the B Bar & Grill where we convened for drinks and dinner the event continued into the evening. I didn’t take any shots during proceedings in the auditorium itself but believe me the place was packed. This wasn't any kind of premature obituary but a celebration of ongoing work. What the presentations revealed was the impossibility of pinning down their subject.