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Kitchen Conversations London

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Kitchen Conversations London: Creative Destruction

Thursdays 25 May, 29 June and 20 July
doors open 6pm for 6:30 start
followed by drinks and further conversation

Kitchen Conversations are inspired by the Eastern European tradition of critical discussions about art, world politics and dissatisfaction with the state of affairs that happened in private kitchens during the decades of communism. They are pockets of freedom, spaces for thinking out loud and dreaming up the future.

The inaugural Kitchen Conversation was held on 29 March 2017 at Timken Hall in San Francisco.

The first three Kitchen Conversations in London are curated by writer and curator Vicky Richardson and reflect our ambition to reject taboos and fixed positions. The term 'creative destruction' was originally coined by the economist Joseph Schumpeter in 1942 and is the title of a new book arguing for profound cultural, political and economic change. During three conversations this summer, we ask whether the creation of the new must go hand in hand with dismantling old ways of thinking and structures. Political ruptures in recent months appear to be destructive, but may have unlocked a new period of creative freedom where the old rules and certainties no longer exist.

Join us for talks, readings, screenings and debates over a glass of wine.

KC 03 Thursday 25 May: On Ruins, Wrecks and Renaissance

With Phil Mullan, Josh Wright and Richard Wilson

The first conversation opens with an economist, architect and artist each of whom has been inspired in different ways by industry. A screening of two works made within the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, the former home of The Wapping Project, and a provocation are the starting point for a conversation considering how we reconcile respect for the past with visions of the future, and how far we should we go in destroying work in order to move on.

An Extensive Walk (1993) by Josh Wright
Butterfly (2003) by Richard Wilson
Book: Creative destruction: how to start an economic renaissance (2017) by Phil Mullan

KC 04 Thursday 29 June: On Artists’ Response to Destruction and the Need for Unbounded Space

With Shona Illingworth, Andrew Hoskins and Elisabetta Gasparoni

Shona Illingworth’s film 216 Westbound considers the physical and psychological effects of an act of violence on John Tulloch, a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings and its wider social and political impact – as a consequence, John can no longer look up at the sky. Professor Andrew Hoskins, Interdisciplinary Research Professor in College of Social Sciences – Global Security, will join the conversation. Responses to this powerful work will come from Elisabetta Gasparoni, convenor of the Future Cities Project Readers Group.

KC 05 Thursday 20 July: On Destruction and Preservation in Creative Process

With Alia Syed, Noski Deville, Smout Allen and Agnieszka Studzinska

Cinematographer Noski Deville and artist filmmaker Alia Syed discuss creation and destruction in their collaboration. Poet Agnieszka Studzinska, author of Passage, and architects Smout Allen, whose work Infractus: the taking of Robin Hood Gardens, deals with the controversial demolition of Alison and Peter Smithson’s 1972 housing estate in east London, join the conversation on destruction and preservation.

Rare opportunity to see Alia Syed’s film Priya (2011) from 16mm print.

Our next publication of commissioned writing is launched during KC 05.
Pick up your copy free of charge.



Kitchen Conversations London are presented in partnership and with generous support of The Future Laboratory

The Future Laboratory is one of the world’s most renowned and respected futures consultancies. A leader in trend forecasting, consumer insight and strategic innovation, we give clients the confidence to make the right decisions and investments to survive and thrive in the future. The Future Laboratory ethos is simple: to help businesses make the future happen.

www.thefuturelaboratory.com




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