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15th July, 2014

Inside Out Festival 2014 unveils first line up

Lawrence Freedman to chair a discussion on the psychology of atrocity

Celebrated artist Nathaniel Rackowe sculpting his audience

Everything you need to know about opera

Remembering Acme studio with Richard Wilson

Designing interventions to support dementia care

Making magic out of maths

A pile of electrical waste reimagined

And is silver surfing really the solution for social isolation?


Tuesday 15 July 2014, London:The Culture Capital Exchange is pleased to announce the first tranche of events to form part of this year’s Inside Out Festival. Returning this October with a characteristically sagacious and diverse mix of debates, performances, walks, talks, symposiums, screenings, and exhibitions, the Inside Out Festival 2014 in association with The Times Higher Education, invites the curious and inquisitive to immerse themselves in a rich cultural programme inspired by the work of London’s leading minds, each seeking to inspire, provoke, engage and entertain.

International political theorist Richard Ned Lebow will be in discussion with Professor of Psychology Emanuele Castano analyzing why nation states refuse to learn the lessons of history and continue to instigate violent conflict when, since 1945, almost 90% have failed, yet all unfailingly cause atrocities, death and destruction. The discussion will be chaired by Lawrence Freedman.

Dr Emily Butterworth from King’s College London will invite visitors to Somerset House to take part in a mass game of Chinese whispers in a contemporary and playful exploration of gossip and rumour in the French Renaissance, Professor of Computer Science and masquerading magician Peter McOwan reveals what mathematics can teach us about magic, and a pile of dumped electrical objects are reimagined in a statement about the perils of electronic waste.

Tate artist and specialist in learning Michelle Furier will debate with experts from London College of Communication, artsdepot and AgeUK on whether silver surfing really is the solution for social isolation.

Other highlights include the premiere of 72-82 made by celebrated artist and filmmaker Prof. William Raban, from London College of Communication, an illuminating documentary charting the history of the first ten years of the legendary Acme Studios. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with sculptor and former Acme resident, Richard Wilson. Conductor, singer and presenter Peter Knapp, who trains musicians at Trinity Laban, leads the audience on a riotous romp through the world of opera, funny stories, a company of dazzling singers and orchestra, and the chance for the audience to join in with some rousing opera choruses.

Choreographer Angela Woodhouse and sculptor Nathaniel Rackowe collaborate in an intimate performance installation, which embeds the artists and audience within it. Texts from some of the nineteenth century’s most compelling writers, Dickens, Poe and Stevenson are brought to life as Dr. Nadia Valman walks people through the streets of Soho evoking the spirit of Victorian London, using projection to display their words on the urban locations that inspired them as the sun went down and gas lamps illuminated the night.

With 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, an exhibition and accompanying guide by research designer Dr Anke Jakob and occupational therapist Dr Lesley Collier brings new insight into how improved, thoughtful design can add value and meaning to multisensory environments for older people with dementia and their carers.

Further events include a daring and immersive performance by The Ossian Ensemble, made up of members of London’s major orchestras and formed at the Royal Academy of Music, which will see the audience led through Queen Mary University of London’s hallowed halls,a celebration of 50 years of illustration, a short series of half-day, agenda-setting and exploratory long table discussions on the subject of performance art criticism, and renowned self-published author Polly Courtney will be taking part in a lively debate and practical guide on how to sell your book online chaired by Emily Pedder, Course Director The Novel Studio, City University London.

Suzie Leighton, Director, The Culture Capital Exchange, says, “We are delighted to announce the first tranche of speakers and events which will form part of this year’s Inside Out Festival. This is our fifth year and we are really looking forward to shining a light on the remarkable work of our member universities. It is incredibly stimulating to work with such a wide variety of academics, artists, performers and speakers and to celebrate and share the vast contribution they make to the cultural and intellectual life of the capital.”

The Inside Out Festival is taking place from 20-26 October 2014

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Notes to Editors

About The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE)

The Culture Capital Exchangeis a member organisation committed to promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise by providing a vital network between Higher Education, business and the cultural and creative sectors across London to mutual benefit. They bring the best ideas and talent together and encourage them to develop.

About TCCE Members:


Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Central is a federal college of the University of London, established in 1906 and recognised worldwide as a provider of conservatoire Higher Education in dramatic arts practice.  It has three undergraduate degrees and a portfolio of specialist postgraduate courses.

City University London

City University London is an international university in central London. It has world-leading strengths in the arts, including journalism and music; and interdisciplinary links with social sciences, informatics and business.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of Europe’s leading conservatoires, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals.

King’s College London

King’s College London is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of London: a major multi-faculty university institution, with a leading position in UK Higher Education and a worldwide reputation for research, teaching, and innovation.

Kingston University London

Kingston University London is now the fastest-growing research environment in the UK, following a multi-million pound investment in professorial staff, early career researchers and doctoral students.

Middlesex University

Middlesex University is dedicated to unlocking potential – in our students, through our research and within businesses. We teach 35,000 students on Middlesex courses in London, Dubai, Mauritius and with partners across the world.

Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions and ranked 120th in the 2010 Times Higher Education’s Top 200 World University Rankings.  It has some 16,000 students from 130 countries.

Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway’s Faculty of Arts contains a unique combination of creative arts and humanities disciplines, making us one of the strongest centres for creative arts in the country.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance brings together some of the world’s leading specialists and practitioners. Our programmes are inspirational and over 97 percent of our recent graduates are currently working in their chosen disciplines.

University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion & Wimbledon College of Art.

About The Times Higher Education (THE)

The Times Higher Education is the global authority on higher education. It has been designed specifically for professionals working in higher education and research. Founded in 1971 and online since 1995, it covers policy issues and intellectual developments worldwide through a specialist staff of award-winning reporters as well as expert contributors from the academic community. It is published by TSL Education Ltd:

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