UCL Culture Late: F**k Up Night - A Whole World of Failure

With talks in the Garden Room, UCL WIlkins Building
31st Oct 2019
18:30  - 21:00
Tickets £8 / £5 concessions - Booking Required

Join us after hours at UCL for the October edition of our new Lates programme. 

Why is it so hard to talk about when things go wrong? Face your fears this Halloween with artists, researchers and experts in the science behind human mistakes and misunderstandings. 

Come and confront the subject we’d all rather avoid in our evening of pop-up talks and exhibition tours, hosted by artist filmmaker and raconteur Richard DeDomenici – before we turn on the Fail Karaoke for some catharsis through the power of song. 

A cash bar will be open in the Garden Room throughout the evening. 

6.30pm & 6.45pm, Octagon Gallery: FLOP Exhibition Tour 
Thomas Kador reveals the gruesome blood-letting devices and poisonous pills endured by patients in the 19th century; a sword swallower’s oesophagus fatally punctured in an occupational accident (and the sword itself); and the lost Meroitic language, which we are still unable to translate today. 

7pm-7.20pm, Garden Room: Welcome from Richard DeDomenici 

7.20pm-7.35pm, Garden Room: (Mis)understanding human evolution 
Join Dr Suzy White, Curator of the UCL Biological Anthropology collection, and find out how our preconceptions influence what we think about human evolution, including the famous Piltdown Man hoax and the Taung Child, one of the most important anthropological discoveries of the 20th century.

7.40pm -7.55pm, Garden Room: #ErrorDiary
To err is human… To understand why we err and try to reduce our erring is human too! Meet researcher Dominic Furniss, who started the #ErrorDiary online project in 2009 to crowdsource examples of human error and help develop a culture that learns from failure, rather than hiding from it. 

8pm-8.15pm, Garden Room: Fakes and forgeries
Can you tell what’s real and what’s fake? Hear from Delphine Mercier, Curator of the UCL Ethnographic collections, as she uncovers the history of deception and counterfeits to be found in museum and galleries. 

8.15pm-9pm, Garden Room: Open Mic and Fail Karaoke
Your chance to share your stories of failure in our open mic session, before we switch on the Karaoke machine. Fancy taking on ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All”, Nirvana’s “All Apologies”, TLC’s “No Scrubs” or even Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”? Come and sing your heart out with us.

Part of FLOP: 13 Stories of Failure, a free exhibition in UCL’s Octagon Gallery. Schedule subject to change on the night.

UCL Culture Lates take place on the last Thursday of the month. Book your ticket to get closer to our collections with artists, performers and researchers and enjoy a drink with us in our unmissable museums and galleries.

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