Remembering Acme studio with Richard Wilson and more… Inside Out Festival 2014 unveils first line up

This week The Culture Capital Exchange announced the first tranche of events to form part of this year’s Inside Out Festival. Returning this October with a characteristically sagacious and diverse mix of debates, performances, walks, talks, symposiums, screenings, and exhibitions, the Inside Out Festival 2014 in association with The Times Higher Education, invites the curious and inquisitive to immerse themselves in a rich cultural programme inspired by the work of London’s leading minds, each seeking to inspire, provoke, engage and entertain.

Dore Bluegate Fields | Walk w Dr Nadia Vlaman | Photo Credit Gusave Dore from ‘London A Pilgrimage’ (1872)

International political theorist Richard Ned Lebow will be in discussion with Professor of Psychology Emanuele Castano analyzing why nation states refuse to learn the lessons of history and continue to instigate violent conflict when, since 1945, almost 90% have failed, yet all unfailingly cause atrocities, death and destruction. The discussion will be chaired by Lawrence Freedman.

Emily Butterworth from Kings College London will invite visitors to Somerset House to take part in a mass game of Chinese whispers in a contemporary and playful exploration of gossip and rumour in the French Renaissance, Professor of Computer Science and masquerading magician Peter McOwan reveals what mathematics can teach us about magic and vice versa, and a pile of dumped electrical objects are reimagined in a statement about the perils of electronic waste.

Tate artist and specialist in learning Michelle Furier will debate with experts from London College of Communication, artsdepot and AgeUK on whether silver surfing really is the solution for social isolation.

Other highlights include the premiere of 72-82 made by celebrated artist and filmmaker Prof. William Raban, from London College of Communication, an illuminating documentary charting the history of the first ten years of the legendary Acme Studios. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with sculptor and former Acme resident, Richard Wilson.

Choreographer Angela Woodhouse and sculptor Nathaniel Rackowe collaborate in an intimate performance installation, which embeds the artists and audience within it. Texts from some of the nineteenth century’s most compelling writers, Dickens, Poe and Stephenson are brought to life as Dr. Nadia Valman walks people through the streets of Soho evoking the spirit of Victorian London, using projection to display their words on the urban locations that inspired them as the sun went down and gas lamps illuminated the night.

And with 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, an exhibition and accompanying guide by research designer Dr Anke Jakob and occupational therapist Dr Lesley Collier brings new insight into how improved, thoughtful design can add value and meaning to multisensory environments for older people with dementia and their carers.

These are just some of the events, debates, films to form part of this year’s Inside Out Festival which is taking place from 20-26 October 2014, keep up with events as they are added here:

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