FLOPCAST: the podcasts series for 'FLOP: 13 Stories of Failure'
PODCAST - FLOPCAST: 13 Stories of Failure
FLOPCAST is a series of 16 short podcasts featuring a range of experts discussing the topic of failure. It links to FLOP: 13 Stories of failure, a free exhibition at the UCL Octagon Gallery, commissioned by UCL Culture and open to the public from 21 October 2019 until 10 April 2020. For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/flop
Organiser: UCL Culture
FLOP Exhibition Curator Dr Thomas Kador introduces the series of podcasts linked to FLOP 13 Stories of Failure at UCL’s Octagon Gallery.
Joe Cain, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, tells the story of the brown dog affair.
Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Director of the Endangered Language Archive (ELAR) at SOAS, tells the story of language loss.
Subhadra Das, Curator of the Pathology and History of Science Collections at UCL tells the story of the sword swallower’s heart, oesophagus and sword.
Helen Chatterjee, Professor of Biology, tells the story of biodiversity loss and the sixth mass extinction event.
Sarah Wilkes, Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Making, discusses the failed invention of Silly Putty.
Zoe Laughlin, co-founder and director of the Institute of Making, tells of the frustrations, but also the beauty and learning opportunities associated with 3D printing.
Dr Andrea Fredericksen, Curator of the UCL Art Museum, tells the story of painter Augustus John’s scrapbook.
Silvia Schievano, Professor of Biomedical Engineering discusses what happens when heart valves fail.
Hannah Cornish, Curator of the Pathology and History of Science Collections at UCL, tells two stories of medical misadventures, when medical treatment did more harm than good.
Tannis Davidson, Curator of the Grant Museum of Zoology, discusses the mystery of the Grant Museum’s Rhamphorhynchus Pterosaur fossil.
Delphine Mercier, Curator of the UCL Ethnography collection, discusses a real and a fake (pre Columbian) Nasca pot.
Dr Thomas Kador, Senior Teaching Fellow in Arts and Sciences and FLOP Exhibition Curator, tells the story that medical wax models, from the Gordon Museum at King’s College London, can reveal about our failure to eradicate infectious diseases.
Dr Suzy White, Curator of the Biological Anthropology collection at UCL, tells the story of the Piltdown Man hoax.
Drs Gillian Watson and Barry Hancock, From the UCL Space Science Centre, discuss the failed launch of Ariane 5 flight 501 in 1996.
FLOP Exhibition Curator, Dr Thomas Kador, presents a brief overview and gives the credits and acknowledgements.