A Listening Eye: The Films of Mike Dibb
Whitechapel Gallery, 8 January – 26 March 2021 [online]
Mike Dibb is one of Britain’s foremost arts documentarians, perhaps best known for Ways of Seeing, his pioneering and vastly influential television essay on art and society made with his friend and collaborator, John Berger. In a career spanning six decades, Dibb has made over 50 portrait films featuring figures as diverse as AS Byatt, Miles Davis, Stuart Hall, Raymond Williams, Keith Jarrett, C. L. R. James, Elmore Leonard, Edward Said and Barbara Thompson.
A Listening Eye made all of Dibb’s films available to watch online, globally, in weekly programmes for 3 months. The season was dedicated to the memory of Louis Benassi (1961-2020), filmmaker, comrade, friend.
About Mike Dibb
The Guardian: ‘Lorca, Hockney, Byatt, Berger – how Mike Dibb got the greats to open up’
Sight & Sound: ‘Mike Dibb in Profile’