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25 Jan to 4 Dec 2016

Somerset House skies

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

New Wing, 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

15mins

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

Ruth Ewan

12 May to 17 Jun 2016

Utopia Treasury, New Wing, Somerset House

A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World

Ruth Ewan’s A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World (2003-) is a CD jukebox which contains a growing collection of songs addressing a spectrum of social issues which collectively chart the histories of progressive democratic movements and ideas. Join us in the Utopia Treasury to have a listen!

Free

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24 May to 2 Oct 2016

British Library

Utopia at the British Library

A display in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library Gallery will explore the history of Utopia, featuring an original first edition of the text and handwritten letters by Thomas More.

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24–26 Jun 2016

Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House

The Utopia Fair

Representations of contemporary utopian movements will fill the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, celebrating the utopian impulse. In partnership with the AHRC and the Connected Communities Programme, the Fair will also showcase the creative outcomes from 25 projects bringing together communities, researchers and artists around the UK to explore utopia now.

 

Free

Paths to Utopia

30 Jun to 30 Sep 2016

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.

Free

Photo by Amy Rose

1 Jul to 30 Sep 2016

Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Discord

Through the experience of this immersive installation participants must strike a deal, and accept that any utopia can only be lived by the individual, and not enforced onto another. Prepare to be challenged by Caitlin Shepherd, and reflect on who is really setting the agenda of domestic and economic perfection. Are you living the dream or the Discord?

This installation forms part of Paths to Utopia.

 

Free

Image courtesy of the Artists

1 Jul to 14 Aug 2016

Inigo Rooms, King's College London

Night School on Anarres: Imaginings of an Anarchist Utopia

Audiences will be ‘invited’ onto the anarchist planet Anarres for an educational experiment examining the utopian proposals of twentieth-century anarchism, participating in classes and workshops in order to understand how language can be employed to imagine alternative ways of living.

Part of Paths to Utopia.

Free

Photo by Jessica Sarah Rinland

1 Jul to 30 Sep 2016

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

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

Photo by Karina Thompson

1 Jul to 30 Sep 2016

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

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

Image by Philip Stanier

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

Physique of Consciousness, video still, Xu Zhen, Produced by MadeIn Company, 2011. Courtesy the artist.

2 Jul 2016

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

Art Night: Physique of Consciousness

Xu Zhen presents the first mass UK performance of the ongoing project Physique of Consciousness in collaboration with hundreds of participants from across London. Produced by MadeIn Company, the performances play with the history and politics of mass exercise in China, alongside ideas of health, well-being and spirituality and the industries around them that we consume today. The performances are part of Art Night London.

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7 Jul 2016

King's College, Strand

Paths to Utopia in conversation: Night school on Anarres

How do you use language to imagine an anarchist way of life? Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the first 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

Monks of Majuli Island

10–11 Jul 2016

The Quad at King's College London

The Dancing Monks of Majuli Island

Monks from the beautiful island of Majuli, centre of Assamese Krishna worship, are travelling to London to perform Sattriya, the joyful dance of love. Through performances and interactive workshops, members of the British public will be given an insight into the unique performance tradition from the northeast of India.

Part of Paths to Utopia.

Free

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14 Jul 2016

King's College London, Strand

Paths to Utopia in conversation: We account the whale immortal

What do the three mythic whales of the River Thames have to do with Utopia? Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the second 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

The Walking Library, photo Luke Allen

16–17 Jul 2016

Utopia Treasury and Screening Room

Walking Women

From Sophie Calle to Marina Abramovic, Nancy Holt to Patti Smith, Michèle Bernstein to Janet Cardiff, women across the arts have long used walking in their creative practice: as method, outcome, performance, transgression, protest, radical reclamation of space and everyday action. This series of events acknowledges and celebrates their work, sharing practice through walking artworks, talks and discussions.  WALKING WOMEN is curated by Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann, in collaboration with Dee Heddon. Full weekend long programme coming soon.

Free

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21 Jul 2016

King's College London, Strand

Paths to Utopia in conversation: All the things you are not yet

Have we already found Utopia in our ability to create life using modern technologies? Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the third 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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28 Jul 2016

King's College London, Strand

Paths to Utopia in conversation: Utopian lab

The Utopian lab offers a contemporary glimpse of the crusade for better health, scrolling fortnightly through stories of present day work being carried out across the Health Faculties at King’s College London. Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the fourth 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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4 Aug 2016

King's College London, Strand

Paths to Utopia: The naming of clouds

Is there a path to Utopia in the clouds? Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the fifth 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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25 Aug 2016

King's College London, Strand

Paths to Utopia: We’re Here

Does Utopia exist in a fragile moment of meaningful connection between strangers? Neil Denny from Little Atoms leads the sixth 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

Wonderstruck, commissioned by People United in association with Manchester Museum. Photo by Joel Fildes.

27 Aug 2016

Inigo Rooms, King's College London

We’re Here: Singing Our Way to Utopia

Each singer will learn their part alone, and in a fragile Utopian moment, come together for the very first time…

A national scratch choir, led by Boff Whalley, Daniel Bye, Sarah Punshon and Professor David Green, is challenged to a unique performance.

Part of Paths to Utopia.

 

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7–27 Sep 2016

Somerset House

The London Design Biennale: Utopia by Design

The inaugural London Design Biennale brings design installations and exhibitions from up to 40 of the world’s nations to the heart of the capital. Participating countries are encouraged to interrogate the history of the utopian idea and showcase design’s power as a cultural catalyst.

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

In Our Hands

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.