The Bartlett School of Architecture


Thinkspace: Revolution

20 November 2017, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Thinkspace: Structures of Revolution

This autumn Thinkspace, a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and debate at UCL, will examine the concept of revolution as it occurs in art and science during two evening sessions.

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


Room G.12, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB


Revolutions in visual culture

6.30 – 8.00pm, 2 November

Professor John Milner from the Courtauld Institute of Art and expert on 20th century Russian art will outline the implications for art when the whole of society is being remade.

Professor Jonathan Faiers, Professor of Fashion Thinking at Winchester School of Art, will draw on his research into the interface between popular culture, textiles and dress, to explore how fashion exists in a state of perpetual revolution.

Carey Young from the Slade School of Fine Art will discuss a number of her artistic works, which relate to ideas of protest, political rhetoric and the avant-garde, particularly in the light of the co-option of these ideas within globalised business.

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Thinkspace: Revolutions in visual culture

Structures of revolution

6.30 – 8.00pm, 20 November

Nick Tyler, UCL’s Chadwick Professor of Engineering, will revisit Thomas Kuhn’s seminal 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and consider its relevance today.

Artist David Ward will delve into Umberto Eco’s essay ‘The Open Work’, published the same year as Kuhn’s book, which proposed the revolutionary idea that artworks are completed by their viewers’ engagement with them.

Sarah Pickering, the Slade School of Fine Art’s Teaching Fellow in Photography, will discuss her works on explosions, fires and public order, which draw on training by the emergency services.

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Structures of Revolution

About Thinkspace

ThinkSpace is a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and debate at UCL curated by Jeremy Melvin. Events are free and open to members of the public.  #thinkspace

Previous Thinkspace events

1. Sarah Pickering, River Way (Road Block), 2004 
2. Vogue Cover
3. Memento Park, Carey Young, 2010. HD video. 10 mins 23 secs. Photo: Thierry Bal