Events calendar

Past Events - Sense and the City

Sense and the City: smart, connected and on the move

Date: Various
Love it or hate it, emerging technologies are transforming the way we live, work and play in our cities. London Transport Museum’s special exhibition, Sense and the City: smart, connected and on the move, unravels the digital future and a dynamic events programme poses questions about mobility, society and work in the Capital over the next decade, and compares this with past visions of the future. The exhibition closes on 18 March 2012.



Panel discussion: The City as a Canvas

Date: Monday 17 October 2011
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Increasingly new technologies such as projection mapping, augmented reality and geo-tagging are being used to transform public and private city spaces. Artists and industry leaders from the worlds of art, architecture and advertising present and discuss imaginative digital interventions, which embroider, invade and subvert urban surfaces. Presented in partnership with onedotzero.
£8.00 adults, £6.00 concessions

Our confirmed speakers are a talented and influential bunch of people. Between them they have transformed train station platforms, power stations, bridges, cathedrals, skylines, famous city landmarks and much more, in both physical and virtual realms the world over.

Usman Haque, Director - Haque Design + Research Ltd
As director of Haque Design + Research Ltd, founder of and CEO of Connected Environments Ltd, Usman has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and mass-participation performances. His skills include the design and engineering of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. His award-winning work has been exhibited widely throughout the world. Among other projects, Usman will talk about Evoke which lit up York Cathedral with psychadelic animations that responded the people's voices [which features in the sense and the city exhibition], and Flightpath Toronto - a mass participation spectacle that gave members of the public a completely new way to navigate the city by giving them the wings to fly - literally!

Kevin Brown, Digital Director - Brothers and Sisters
Brothers and Sisters is one of the UK's fastest growing agencies, recently ranked one of the top 50 agencies in the UK.  In 2008, Kevin established the digital capabilities of Brothers and Sisters and now works across all client business as well as running Brothers and Sisters highly successful Innovation Unit.  His team have developed two ground breaking apps that utilise augmented reality and geotagging to encourage people to view, explore and alter the city of London in new ways. Street Museum, developed for the Museum of London, recognises your location and overlays a historic photo or painting of the same location over the current view as seen through the iPhone camera, whilst Street Tag, developed for Channel 4 encourages people to virtually graffiti their city without causing any criminal damage. Between them these apps have received a total of over 400,000 downloads and won awards as diverse and D&AD and a People's Voice Webby.

Sam Hoey, Studio Manager - Jason Bruges Studio
Jason Bruges Studio is renowned for  producing innovative installations, interventions and ground breaking works creating interactive spaces and surfaces that sit between the world of architecture, site specific installation art and interaction design. Among the projects Sam will be talking about is North-South over East-West - a temporary installation of autonomous lights, which silently watched for pedestrians as they crossed London Bridge and Platform 5, which transformed the west wall of Sunderland train station with more than 10,000 glass block pixels, which play an animated visualisation of the long-forgotten platform the wall now conceals.


Talk: Fashioning the Future

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2011
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Design and fashion historian Emmanuelle Dirix looks at fashion's relationship with the future, the two are intrinsically bound up: fashion shapes the future and yet never exist in the present… trend predictions, next season's looks, shapes and colours - once on the shop floor, they have already been surpassed by what comes next. Since the 19th century designers, social commentators and writers have been concerned with what people will be wearing next season and also in decades to come. Fashion’s tangible nature makes it an ideal vehicle on which we can transpose our hopes and fears for the future, and yet we can never quite get away from the present. This illustrated talk will use film and newsreel to examine various styles and issues concerned with the way we fashion the future.
Tickets: £8.00 adults, £6.00 concessions


Film: Erasing David

Date: Friday 9 December 2011
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
If you’ve got nothing to hide…you’ve got nothing to fear. Watch the documentary, Erasing David (2010), about the chilling journey of David Bond as he puts himself under surveillance and attempts to disappear. He hires two private detectives to track him down and goes on the run. The results force him to contemplate the meaning of privacy – and the loss of it. This film is rated 12A.
Tickets: £5.00 adults, £3.00 concessions
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Talk: Navigating Hidden London

Date: Tuesday 17 January 2012
18:30 - 20:00
Central London is permeated by secret alleys and little-known passageways. Often left off the map, these little-appreciated spaces can be used as handy shortcuts or to avoid busy shopping streets, and serve as alternative means of navigating the city. Editor of Londonist - Matt Brown, and David Long, author of Hidden City: The Secret Alleys, Courts and Yards of London’s Square Mile, discuss the surprising history and modern importance of London's alleys, ginnels and snickleways.
Tickets: £8.00 adults, £6.00 concessions
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Film: Future Cities - SOLD OUT

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2012
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
An eclectic selection of short films, animations and motion graphics that present evocative visions of future city living. Juxtaposing utopian fantasies against nightmarish dystopias, Future Cities highlights the obsession today’s image makers have with the possible metropolis of tomorrow. The screening will be introduced by onedotzero and followed by a Q&A session with guest filmmakers.
£8.00 adults, £6.00 concessions (£10.00 adults, £8.00 concessions for combined ticket for Future Cities and Shock the System events)


Debate: Shock the System

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2012
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Broadcaster and author, Robert Elms chairs a public debate about the trade-off between the freedom new technologies bring us and the price we pay in terms of our privacy. The panel includes the Evening Standard’s Comment Editor - Andrew Neather, the London Mayor’s Director of Environment and Digital London - Kulveer Ranger, and award-winning documentary filmmaker David Bond - who made Erasing David, a chilling film about privacy and surveillance.
Tickets: £5.00 adults, £3.00 concessions (£10.00 adults, £8.00 concessions for combined ticket for Future Cities and Shock the System events)


Artists’ showcase: Play and the City

Date: Friday 16 March 2012
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Mobile devices and social media are having a dramatic impact on the way we use our city. Technology designed for navigation and communication purposes is being subverted by artists and gamers who seek alternative urban adventures. During the evening artists will share how mobile and social networking tools can transform a city into an interactive playground. Produced in partnership with onedotzero.
Tickets: £9.00 adults, £7.00 concessions (ticket price includes complimentary drink on arrival)
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All events take place in the Cubic Theatre, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB. Tickets can be booked online or by phoning our Booking Office on 020 7565 7298.