Arts events

In the programme, art events, delivered in collaboration with a range of partners, were being used to extend the reach of the programme to a wider, non-academic audience, and to feed into and extend the research programme itself by providing aesthetic modes of inquiry and reflection.

Talks on Art - Bill Woodrow in conversation with Lewis Biggs

9 February, 2010, Lecture Theatre, Ground floor, Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster

Bill Woodrow is a British sculptor who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1986, and exhibited on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2000.

Talks on Art - Charlie Gere

23 February, 2010, Lecture Theatre, Ground floor, Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster

In this talk, Charlie Gere considered the role of the hand in experimentation, arguing that it is the hand that is the most experimental organ, engaged as it is with touch, grasp and feel, beyond what can be seen.

Talks on Art - Thomas Thwaites and the Toaster Project

9 March, 2010, Lecture Theatre, Ground floor, Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster

Designer Thomas Thwaites is attempting to make an electric toaster from scratch; digging up the raw materials at various disused mines around Britain, processing and refining them in his back garden in south London, and forming them into components for his toaster

The City Experiment at FutureEverything

13 May, 2010 - 14 May, 2010, Manchester - Contact Theatre and other venues
  • How should we understand the contemporary city and its role in shaping the future?
  • How do the scale, density, heterogeneity and connectedness of cities accelerate social and technical experimentation and the production of new hybrid forms?
  • How are cities used as experimental spaces by public and private institutions?
  • How are cities likely to evolve under the demographic, economic, technological and environmental pressures of the 21st century?
  • How can experimental interventions in the arts and social sciences help to make visible the hidden patterns of city life, and possible future trajectories?
  • How might a greater appreciation of the intrinsic experimentality of urban culture enable new and more open-ended possibilities for social life?

The City Experiment explored the contemporary city as a distinctive social and material form which accelerates cultural and technical experimentation and hybridisation. In conference sessions, public debates, workshops and art events during the 2010 FutureEverything festival, we explored the ways which the city itself can be made more experimental, how art can be used to intervene in urban spaces, altering the implicit rules governing social interactions and provoking reflection and new creative possibilities for social life. Manchester was used as an example, but we also drew upon other city experiences globally.

Scarlett Thomas at Litfest

25 May, 2010, The Auditorium, The Storey, Lancaster

In a special event organised by Litfest in collaboration with Lancaster University's Experimentality programme, Scarlett Thomas read from and discussed her latest novel, Our Tragic Universe.

'I was reading about the end of the universe when I got a text message from my friend Libby . . .' If Kelsey Newman's theory about the end of time is true, we are all going to live forever. But for Meg – locked in a dead-end relationship and with a deadline long-gone for a book that she can't write – this thought fills her with dread. Meg is lost in a labyrinth of her own devising. But could there be an important connection between a wild beast living on Dartmoor, a ship in a bottle, the science of time, a knitting pattern for the shape of the universe and the Cottingley Fairies? Or is her life just one long chain of coincidences? Smart, entrancing and buzzing with big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, and how a story might just save your life.

Experimentality: The Exhibition

7 July, 2010 - 15 July, 2010, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University

In this exhibition, artists responded in strikingly different ways to the themes that were explored in the Experimentality programme. Some artworks explored how experimentation blurs the boundary between truth and deception, and between enlightenment and cruelty, in disturbing ways.

Experiments End - an evening of live art, music and video

8 July, 2010, Barkers House Farm, Lancaster University