1. Gary Hume in conversation with Director of The Whitechapel Gallery, Iwona Blazwick at the Royal Academy


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    Gary Hume was in conversation with Director of The Whitechapel Gallery, Iwona Blazwick at the Royal Academy on 2nd June, followed by a Q&A session and book signing of his monograph A Cat on a Lap.

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    • In Conversation: Jen Delos Reyes & Diane Borsato / 13 August 2014


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      In tandem with the exhibition Pedro Reyes: Sanatorium, artists Jen Delos Reyes and Diane Borsato discuss issues surrounding socially engaged art. What are the roles and responsibilities of socially engaged art? Are artists service providers? Are institutions experience generators? How is the role of audiences evolving with these practices? Using the gallery's exhibition as a starting point, the artists explore what is expected of these practices and of the institutions that support them. Video produced by John Verhaeven

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      • Panel discussion on the Big Society and Australia


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        From the recent 'In conversation' session held on 14 August 2012 at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation in Adelaide Australia. Panel members: Dr James Whelan, Fellow, Centre for Policy Development Dr Nicholas Gruen, CEO Lateral Economics and Chair TACSI Niki Vincent, CEO Leaders Institute of South Australia and Chairman Community Leadership Australia & Voices of Women Board

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        • Steven Pinker In Conversation


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          Steven Pinker argues that humans are becoming less violent. That may seem a bizarre claim to make in the face of daily reports of terrible conflict around the world. But, despite the continuing litany of horrific events, Pinker’s research shows that we are much less likely to die at someone’s hands than ever before. Violence – both murder and warfare – has declined over centuries and decades. What’s more, Pinker argues, despite the global carnage of the last century, modernity is actually making us less violent. So how do we encourage the further decline of violence? How do we foster increasingly peaceful societies? What is the role of reason in that process? What do continued acts of violence tell us about our society? And how does the reduction of physical aggression transform the nature of power? To help us begin to answer these vital questions, Professor Pinker will discuss the insights from his important new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity, with philosopher Robert Rowland Smith. They will discuss Pinker’s analysis of how modernity’s cultural institutions – art, religion, planned government, progressive ideology, international trade and even table manners – influence our attitude to arms. Whether you agree with him or not, this is a rare opportunity to examine the forces that replace violence with one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The New Republic, and is the author of eight books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, Words and Rules, The Blank Slate, The Stuff of Thought, and most recently The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. This event was part of our series of conversations where leading international thinkers share big ideas for changing the world. It took place at Conway Hall, London on 16 October 2012

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          • In Conversation: Jaron Lanier and James Bridle On Who Owns the Future?


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            Jaron Lanier is a technology inventor and philosopher who has been dubbed the prophet of the digital age. He coined the phrases 'Virtual Reality' and 'digital Maoism'. His last book, You Are Not A Gadget, was a hugely influential and hotly debated critique of the 'hive mind'. Here he talks about his new book, Who Owns the Future?, with artist and writer James Bridle.

 Digital technologies dawned with the promise that they would bring us all greater economic stability and power. That utopian image has stuck. But, Lanier argues, the efficiencies brought by digi-techs are having the effect of concentrating wealth while reducing overall growth. He predicts that, as more industries are transformed by digital technologies, huge waves of permanent unemployment are likely to follow those already sweeping through many creative industries.

 But digital hubs are designed on the principle that people don't get paid for sharing. Every time we apply for a loan, update Facebook, use our credit cards, post pictures on Instagram or search on Google, we work for free says Lanier. He argues that artificial intelligence over a network can be understood as a massive accounting fraud that ruins markets. Past technological revolutions rewarded people with new wealth and capabilities. He will explain why, without that reward, the middle classes - who form the basis of democracy as he sees it - are threatened, placing the future of human dignity itself at risk.

 Lanier discusses his analysis of the deep links between democracy and capitalism, and shares his thoughts for how humanity can find a new vision for the future.


 This event was part of The School of Life's 'In Conversation' series and took place at Conway Hall on 6th March 2013.

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            • In Conversation with ArtBridge Artist, Matt Jones


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              In Conversation with ArtBridge Artist, Matt Jones Moderated by Jordana Zeldin An intimate conversation with artist, Matt Jones, whose work is on view in the ArtBridge Drawing Room in the group painting show, "About Space." He sits down with Director, Jordana Zeldin, to talk about the development of his interest in exploring galactic frontiers, the moment that inspired him to paint them, and why he considers his latest Space Paintings to be his best to date. About ArtBridge ArtBridge is the New York City-based nonprofit organization committed to the development and support of local and emerging artists. Through unique initiatives like billboard-sized public art installations, exhibitions in its jewel-box Chelsea gallery, and educational and public programing, ArtBridge is constantly introducing innovative ways to bring opportunity and exposure to emerging artists — and to connect the public to their art. www.art-bridge.org

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              • BAFTA New York Presents: In Conversation with Hugh Dancy (Full)


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                • BAFTA New York Presents: In Conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch (Full)


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                  BAFTA New York Presents: In Conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg. Filmed at The Standard Hotel, New York on February 13, 2014. @BAFTANY

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                  • Pete Brook: Prison Photography and Self Representation


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                    Pete Brook came in to our #picbod class today and spoke to students about his work with prison photography, the crux of his material focused on the notion of self representation in prison mugshots, visiting room portraits and cellphone imagery. For more info, head to picbod.org Some photos courtesy of Frank McMains (http://www.lemonsandbeans.com/) and Tim Matsui (http://www.timmatsui.com/) Top image courtesy of Doug Rickard http://www.americansuburbx.com/

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                    • Gary Schneider 'in conversation' for #picbod


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