17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT


Location: Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

30th January 2020: A.I. IS US, Night of Ideas

10th February 2020: The Seventh continent and Now?

26th February 2020: Ecology and Utopia: From Cities to Spheres


Thursday 30th of January 2020 at 8.20pm, Night of Ideas

Artificial Intelligence is often considered as something outside of ourselves - but is it not rather a part of us? Recent developments lead us to wonder whether we will one day ditch our devices and connect our brains directly to a Cloud of knowledge and data. The boundaries between natural and artificial are blurred, as we wonder whether we'll all soon become digital beings.

Joanna Bryson, Specialist in Artificial Intelligence
Cyril de Commarque, Artist-in-residence at the Saatchi Gallery
Sophie Hackford, Futurist

Chaired by Donna Lu, Technology Reporter, New Scientist

The Seventh Continent and Now?

Monday 10th of February 2020 7pm

Join Nicolas Bourriaud, founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and current director of the Mo.Co museum in Montpellier. Curator of the Istanbul Biennial 2019, entitled The Seventh Continent, Nicolas Bourriaud invited artists to 'explore this territory where humans and nonhumans, machines, waste, animal life and trees are colluding to produce new forms.' The plastic floating created a sort of new continent in the middle of the Pacific, a mass that is the 'embodiment of the Anthropocene'. He will be introduced by artist Cyril de Commarque whose current exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, Artificialis evokes this duality between the Anthropocene and the progressive intrusion of the artificial in humans life and art.

Ecology and Utopia:

From Cities to Spheres

Wednesday 26th of February 2020 7pm

Cyril de Commarque in conversation with Eva Franch I Gilabert, director of AA School of Architecture.

Architecture constantly pushes us to reimagine how we want to live together. From outer space capsules to submarine systems, utopias have taken us into faraway places and futures. Today's climate emergency, social unrest and political instability demand us to think of a closer utopia, one that can help us rethink immediate futures, and immediate contexts. French artist Cyril de Commarque invites Catalan architect and curator Eva Franch i Gilabert, director of the Architectural Association School in London, to discuss and present a series of projects, visions and positions that can help us expand our horizons.