Edinburgh University To Host Symposium On Grace Jones
The symposium will take place on October 5 and 6.
Titled the Grace Jones Symposium, the event will be happening at Edinburgh University’s College of Art. The symposium will feature a number of discussions and panels focused on Jones’ impact as an artist and cultural icon, with people such as Sophie Fiennes (director of the forthcoming documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami) and UCLA theorist Uri McMillan speaking on Jones.
An itinerary of the two-day event is available below. The symposium is the second in an ongoing series of events devoted to the theme of the iconic, with the first one focused on David Bowie.
Jones made an appearance on this year’s Gorillaz‘s album Humanz, which serves as the group’s first album in six years. Later this year another documentary on Jones will be released. Titled Grace Jones – The Musical of My Life, the project serves as the first feature film on the personal and professional life of Grace Jones. Commissioned by BBC Films, the biopic is described as an observational portrait that will mix personal footage with staged musical sequences, to create an in-depth and detailed narrative about the legendary artist. Fiennes will also serve as the director of this documentary, along with directing Bloodlight and Bami.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be working once more with Sophie and her team on another exciting Doc after The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology,” Claire Binns, director of programming & acquisitions for Picturehouse Entertainment, said in a statement. “Grace is one of my favorite recording artists, her talent mixed with Sophie’s filmmaking skill and our expertise at delivering innovative music docs like 20,000 Days On Earth and Made Of Stone means we’re looking at a killer combo. Bring it on.”