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25 Jan to 4 Dec 2016

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Utopian Flag

Don’t miss the Utopian Flag flying above the South Wing of Somerset House designed by Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge studio to launch the Utopia 2016 season.

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25 Jan to 31 Dec 2016

Great Arch Hall, Somerset House

Utopia Treasury: A Repository of Utopian Ideas

Drop-in for regular talks and events on contemporary issues inspired by themes from the 500 year old text, a rolling programme of art installations, and a library of Utopia themed literature.

Free

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25 Jan to 31 Dec 2016

Utopia Treasury, Somerset House

Fifteen Minutes of Utopia

Throughout the year every Thursday and Friday at 13.00 join a guest speaker for a drop-in talk on ideas related to all things Utopia. Sessions are informal and cover a wide range of subjects, drop in to the Utopia Treasury for more information.

 

Free

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24 May to 18 Sep 2016

The British Library

Visions of Utopia

This unique display in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library Gallery looks at the context in which More wrote the original Utopia and at different visions and meanings of ‘utopia’ up to the present day.

See close up one of the world’s only surviving original editions of Utopia, an original diplomatic letter to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, signed by More and others and many other precious items.

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1 Jul to 30 Sep 2016

Open Wed - Fri, Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Paths to Utopia

Paths to Utopia is a collection of new artworks that is a summation of collaborations between artists, architects, technologists and King’s academics.

This wide-ranging exhibition includes film, immersive installations, durational performance, a national scratch choir, talks and research, enabling audiences to gather a figurative map of what Utopia means today.

I-D Vice Magazine – “…it’s the perfect moment to imagine a better place. Begin with Paths to utopia…”

Free

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1 Jul to 30 Sep 2016

Open Wed-Fri, Inigo Rooms, King's College London

We Account the Whale Immortal

The whale forever exists, like utopia, as a parable, a myth, and a nightmare – caught between the wide open ocean and our two-dimensional confinement…

In this artist moving image, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Edward Sugden and Philip Hoare, weave together the story of three legendary whales.

Part of Paths to Utopia.

Free

Le Gun Collective

1 Jul to 30 Sep 2016

Open Wed-Fri, Inigo Rooms, King's College London

In Our Hands  

‘Life has been put into our hands.’ Picking up this direction, Richard Howells and Le Gun Collective give audiences the chance to experience a collection of intercultural Utopian art works drawn from Navajo designs, to Roger Fry, and our stories of creation.

Part of Paths to Utopia.

Free

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1 Jul to 30 Sep 2016

Open Wed-Fri, Inigo Rooms, King's College London

All The Things You Are Not Yet

…On the screen are images of the two bundles of cells that the technician is about to implant in her womb…

Karina Thompson uses emerging digital technologies, creating interactive textile artworks that respond to the presence of the audience to tell this story.

Part of Paths to Utopia.

 

 

Free

Gray's Anatomy

1 Jul to 30 Sep 2016

Open Wed-Fri, Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Utopian Lab

The Utopian Lab is a contemporary glimpse of a cause that unites cultures, defines Humanity and stands on the shoulders of giants. This exhibition will scroll monthly through the stories of present day work being carried out across the Health Faculties at Kings College London.

Part of Paths to Utopia.

Free

Map of Utopias

1 Jul to 2 Oct 2016

Online

Paths to Utopia: My Utopia

Our Map of Utopias alludes to the interwoven intricacies of everyday life, is generated by visitors to Paths to Utopia. The Utopias close together are by people who have answered our questions similarly – different areas mean divergent views. What does your Utopia look like? Come to Paths to Utopia

Free

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2 Jul to 4 Sep 2016

Inigo Rooms, King's College London

The Naming of Clouds

…air and water become human history, as the wind reshapes how we love and live and the weather alters who we can be…

A durational, interactive performance by Philip Stanier and Penny Newell imagines a limitless community in the clouds.

Part of Paths to Utopia.

Free

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6 Jul to 29 Aug 2016

Site-wide, Somerset House, London

Utopian Voices Here & Now

A new series of displays, installations and performances curated by Shonagh Marshall, which showcase the utopian visions of young UK-based artists and give voice to the issues most affecting them today, including the body, gender, sexuality and race.

 

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27 Jul 2016 to 31 Jan 2017

Music Heard Through Utopia

An eclectic online exhibition looking at British composers, performance artists and bands through themes found in Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’.

Curated by Utopia Treasurers Emily Medd and Ayumi Konno, as part of Sound Music‘s British Music Collection a 21st century tool for artists and audiences to discover the story of British contemporary music.

Free

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16 Aug to 9 Sep 2016

Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Paths to Utopia: Stem cell hotel

Since the discovery of stem cells several decades ago, advanced procedures have been developed to culture cells in vitro. What was a Utopian dream is now a part of life and stem cell technology is constantly offering improved new tools to maintain and reprogram stem cells. Stem cell hotel is an exploration of the innovation and insight that Stem Cell technology provides to study diseases, discover drugs and develop cell therapies.

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Aug to 4 Sep 2016

Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Paths to Utopia: a world away from equilibrium

 

Non-equilibrium phenomena such as floods and outbreaks of disease dramatically affect the ebb and flow of daily life. Through videos and hands-on demonstrations, A world away from equilibrium is a window into the work of scientists attempting to understand and rationalise the chaos around us, and a glimpse at how current research might take us closer to realizing a Utopian vision of the world.

Free

16 Aug to 9 Sep 2016

Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Paths to Utopia: Our future on a plate

Tapping into the public imagination to discover a collective food Utopia and dreaded food Dystopia, Our future on a plate explores the perceptions and predictions of current food production. Investigating current opinions on what makes up a healthy plate of food that is healthy for the planet, our future on a plate presents cultured meat, algae and liquid nutrients, exploring a ‘meat and two veg’ of the future.

 

 

Free

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24 Aug to 2 Oct 2016

Open Wed-Fri, Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Discord

Step into the House of Discord, and discover your domestic dream. As you arrive for your property viewing, you are invited to listen to stories of comfort, home, privacy and capital gain. Some doors are open to you, but others are not.

This installation forms part of Paths to Utopia.

 

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1 Sep 2016

Utopia Treasury and Screening Room, Great Arch Hall, 19:00 - 20:30

Guardian Live Series: How to Live a Happy Life

For centuries humans have pursued the happy life. But what does this mean and how has this definition changed over time?

Join Guardian journalist Dawn Foster and our expert panel as they examine popular understandings of what it means to be happy and explore the tried and tested paths to contentment.

 

Free

6–30 Sep 2016

Inigo rooms, King's College London

Paths to Utopia: Epilepsy

750 000 people in the UK are affected by epilepsy. Despite the fact that it is one of the most common brain diseases, those who encounter Epilepsy wrestle with a condition that evades strict definition. Audio-visual installation Epilepsy attempts to describe the Epileptic brain using scanning techniques that examine it as a functioning system, and using the words of people who live with the disease, as a human experience.

Free

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6–30 Sep 2016

Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Paths to Utopia: Student Utopias

Asking the questions ‘Who makes an ideal nurse?,’ ‘What kind of asylum would you feel safe to go mad in?,’ ‘What kinds of risk-taking makes for better healthcare?’ and ‘How do you create the perfect smile?,’ this spring Student Utopias connected contemporary artists and King’s health students to explore Utopia through ideals of health and wellness. In the Utopian Lab, a film and book reach to some answers.
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7–27 Sep 2016

Somerset House

The London Design Biennale: The World Reimagines the World

The first London Design Biennale opens in September with over 30 countries from six continents presenting newly commissioned works exploring the theme The World Reimagines the World.  See engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.

Free

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8 Sep 2016

King's College London, Strand

Paths to Utopia in conversation: Discord

For the makers of Discord, a discordant society is a Utopian vision. Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the seventh in a series of far reaching panel discussions that bring together the artists, makers and thinkers behind the works in Paths to Utopia, and invites them to talk about how they navigated their path to Utopia.

Free

Le Gun

22 Sep 2016

King's College London, Strand

Paths to Utopia in conversation: In our hands

Is the universal creative impulse the path to Utopia? Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the ninth in a series of far reaching panel discussions that bring together the artists, makers and thinkers behind the works in Paths to Utopia, and invites them to talk about how they navigated their path to Utopia.

Free

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29 Sep 2016

King's College London, Strand

Paths to Utopia in conversation: curating Utopia

Why do the arts go after Utopia? Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the final talk in a series of far reaching panel discussions that bring together the artists, makers and thinkers behind the works in Paths to Utopia, and invites them to talk about how they navigated their path to Utopia.

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8 Oct 2016 to 8 Jan 2017

The Courtauld Gallery

A Civic Utopia: France, 1760 – 1840

This display considers the place of architecture in establishing the notion of public life. If Utopia is defined as the imagining of a comprehensive ideal system or pattern of civil organisation, then we can see this French vision as utopian, in which public places and buildings function to encourage the moral character of society.

Free

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10–16 Oct 2016

Utopia Treasury, Great Arch Hall

A Naked Mole Rat Eutopia

Naked mole-rats are eusocial animals living an altruistic and cooperative lifestyle. With a single breeding female, all other community members help to raise the young, provide food and protect the home. Arguably a utopian lifestyle.

Animations and artwork ‘powered’ by live data from a naked mole-rat colony raise questions, such as “is our society becoming eusocial?”, and “in a eusocial human society what would relationships, economics, religions and politics look like?”.

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25 Oct 2016

Screening Room, 19:00 - 20:30

How to Change the World with John-Paul Flintoff

It is normal to harbour a wish to lead a meaningful life which has a beneficial impact on others. However grand it might sound, wanting to ‘change the world’ is a proper and mature ambition. School of Life faculty member John-Paul Flintoff will examine the psychological, cultural and social resistances we may encounter as we look to make a change,  providing inspiration, a healthy dose of realism, and the practical tools to make a realistic difference.

 

Dying

27 Oct 2016

Utopia Treasury & Screening Room, Great Arch Hall, 19:00-20:30

Guardian Live Series: How to Die a Good Death

By turning away from death, by ignoring its inevitability are we making the process of dying any easier for ourselves?Join Guardian journalist Giles Fraser and a panel of psychologists, spiritual guides and palliative care workers to discuss the positive things that can happen when we face the reality of this entirely natural part of life.

Verso Special Edition - Utopia

8 Nov 2016 to 1 Jan 2017

Verso Anniversary Edition of Utopia

In this quincentenary edition, co-published by the Somerset House Trust and Verso as part of Utopia2016, More’s text is introduced by award-winning fiction writer China Miéville, who explores the limits of today’s utopias while insisting on the necessity of utopian thinking. The book includes essays from Ursula K. Le Guin, today’s most distinguished utopian thinker, on her lifelong engagement with More’s project.

 

Food

17 Nov 2016

Screening Room, Great Arch Hall, 19:00-20:30

Guardian Live Series: Tomorrow’s menu – the future of food

From cricket crisps and jellyfish salad and cowless beef to 3D printed food and robo-bees, what do tomorrow’s meals look like? As populations explode, global warming threatens crops and modern farming practices are questioned, food journalist Andrew Webb and an expert panel will discuss the future of flavour, food production and farming.