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AI: More Than Human

Co(AI)xistence, Justine Emard 2017, video installation, 12?with Mirai Moriyama & Alter (developed by Ishiguro lab, Osaka University and Ikegami Lab, Tokyo University) Justine Emard / Adagp, Paris 2018

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AI: More Than Human
Our Town
Museum of the Moon
Sci-Fi-London Festival
Food: Bigger than the Plate
Draw Art Fair London
Photo London
Photo London
Midcentury East
The Ivy Chelsea Garden Flower Meadow
The Mayfair Flower Show
The Mayfair Flower Show
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

AI: More Than Human

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 16th May to 26th August 2019

 

A major centre-wide exhibition presented in a festival style at the Barbican Centre, AI: More than Human delves into our relationship with artificial intelligence, exploring how it could potentially revolutionise our lives. Artists, scientist and researchers have come together to present an unprecedented survey of the creative and scientific developments in artificial intelligence. Through a programme of talks, debates, concerts and screenings, the public are invited to experience AI's capabilities first-hand. The programme includes a discussion with BBC Radio 3 broadcasters on how AI is impacting our creativity, a conversation with author Ian McEwan and professor Murray Shanahan about how much of what used to be make-believe is now becoming a reality, and a screening of Greg Kohs' documentary AlphaGo, which follows the first formal match of a computer programme when competing with a human in the ancient Chinese game of Go. The event will also look at the future of food, the impact of 'deepfakes' and the next generation of automation in the workplace.

 
 
 

Our Town

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 16th May to 8th June 2019

 

Opening the 2019 season, Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, comes to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this May. Directed by Ellen McDougall - artistic director of the Gate Theatre with previous credits including Ivan and the Dogs and Othello - the play celebrates what it means to be human, looking at the bonds that hold communities together through the ordinary lives of families in small town America over a period of 12 years. Francesca Henry, who recently made her professional debut in The Wolves at Stratford East, plays the role of Emily Webb, the central character who asks the pertinent question, "Do human beings ever realise life while they live it?"

 
 
 

The Mayfair Flower Show

Sketch London, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th to 27th May 2019

 

Running concurrently with this year's Chelsea Flower Show, The Mayfair Flower Show is sketch's edgier, more stylish offering. Taking over the entire building, the spectacular exhibition gives the beautiful venue an even more glamorous makeover with some of London's most talented florists decorating the space. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a bold floral framework courtesy of Rebel Rebel Flowers before stepping into a fantasy mural installation by Figa & Co, Timorous Beasties and Matter of Stuff in the entrance hall. The reception area has been taken over by Jam Jar Flowers and Matter of Stuff with a remodelled stained-glass window created using pressed flowers as an allegory to William Morris' arts & crafts movement while the East Bar and Pods see Carly Rogers Flowers pay homage to the futuristic visions of Jane Webb and Insley & Nash create a custom sky fabric to sit above the garden. As well as the exhibition, there is a floral-inspired menu in the Lecture Room & Library and a specially themed afternoon tea in The Gallery, featuring a range of botanically-inspired cakes and pastries.

 
 
 

Museum of the Moon

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 17th May to 8th September 2019

 

Displayed in the Natural History Museum's Jerwood Gallery, and timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Museum of the Moon invites you to have a close-up encounter with the moon. The awe-inspiring large-scale artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram puts a six-metre spherical sculpture centre stage. Featuring high-resolution NASA imagery of the moon's surface and a surround-sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones, the artwork offers a new perspective on the moon as well as a space for reflection. To tie in with the installation there are space-themed events including an after-hours gig from art-rock band Public Service Broadcasting to mark the exhibit's opening, yoga under the Moon, lunar-themed fitness classes, space-related talks and a special Lates event.

 
 
 

Midcentury East

Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London, E2 8LS

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: Sunday 19th May 2019

 

A one-day one-stop-shop where you can source the latest furniture and home decor from 55 top mid-century dealers, Midcentury East is a major date in the interiors lovers' little black book. Taking place at the refurbished Haggerston School in Hackney, a brutalist building originally designed by Erno Goldfinger, the fair includes furniture, rare Berber rugs, ceramics, glass, wallpaper, vintage fabrics, industrial, original artwork, clocks, collectable posters, jewellery and more. Dealers include Projekt 26 and Saxon of Metro Retro who supplied the props for the latest Guy Ritchie film BUSH. Book into the terrarium workshop if you want to make a day of it and create your own masterpiece to take home. If you like all things Eames and Jacobsen, you will definitely get your fill here.

 
 
 
 

Sci-Fi-London Festival

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BY

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 15th to 22nd May 2019

 

The Sci-Fi-London Film Festival lands this May offering eight days of film, live music and immersive experiences. It brings with it 4 world premieres, 11 UK premieres, 17 features, 36 shorts and 7 VR shorts as well as classic cult events. The festival will open with the UK premiere of Perfect, which sends audiences into a science fiction world like no other when a young man is sent to a futuristic retreat for therapy. Other films on the line-up include Shed of the Dead, After We Leave, The Tangle and Zoo-Head. The festival will close with the world premiere of The Rizen: Possession, directed by Matt Mitchell and starring Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sarine Sofair, Adrian Edmondson and Sally Phillips. Further to the screenings, the programme also includes the world's only cosplay for dogs.

 
 
 

Food: Bigger than the Plate

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th May to 20th October 2019

 

Take a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, at a V&A exhibition which explores current experiments at every stage of the food system. Food: Bigger than the Plate showcases over 70 projects, new commissions and creative collaborations between artists and chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities. Split into four sections: 'Compost', 'Farming', 'Trading' and 'Eating', it takes a fresh, experimental and often provocative perspective. Projects propose alternative food futures, explore urban farming and dig in to the social side of eating. With several exhibits growing in the gallery space, the display asks: "What kind of food future do we want? What could it look like? And taste like?"

 
 
 

The Ivy Chelsea Garden Flower Meadow

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 197 King's Road, London, SW3 5ED

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 13th May to 28th July 2019

 

In honour of this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The Ivy Chelsea Garden has been transformed with a striking Flower Meadow installation. Sure to be a hit with the city's Instagrammers, the installation sees the restaurant's exterior adorned with yellow, pink, blue and lilac flowers, interspersed with verdant green foliage. Once inside, guests are greeted by a beautiful floral ceiling before entering the dining room, which has nods to wild flowers throughout. Additionally, the restaurant has created two bespoke floral cocktails for the occasion: The Silent Sparkle, made using Silent Pool Gin, ginger & lemongrass cordial, lime juice and Ivy Champagne, garnished with fragrant dried lavender; and The Camomile Garden, incorporating Silent Pool Gin, honey water & Fever Tree Indian Tonic, complemented with a spritz of camomile aromatics and garnished with kaffir lime leaf and orange.

 
 
 

Draw Art Fair London

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 17th, 18th and 19th May 2019

 

More than 50 British and international galleries take over all three floors of the Saatchi Gallery to present drawings in a museum-style context. Works by modern masters like Henry Moore, Jean Dubuffet and Francis Picabia are shown alongside recent works by Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego and Lucian Freud. Over half the exhibitors are from outside the UK including Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, a gallery with branches in Paris and Lisbon which brings minimalist prints by Zarina Hashmi and jewel-like works by Rui Moreira. Fifteen large scale black and white drawings by Aleksandra Mir, recently the subject of a Hayward Gallery exhibition, create an eye catching installation as WALL STREET: Stock Market Up & Down, 2007, goes on display.

 
 
 

Photo London

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th May 2019

 

Over 100 of the world's top galleries come to Somerset House for four days in May when Photo London returns to the capital for a fifth year. Renowned as one of the biggest photography events of the year, the showcase is not only a selling fair but also includes special exhibitions, installations and a curated programme of talks and presentations. William A. Ewing, writer and former Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York, curates this year's talks programme, which includes Martin Parr in conversation with Dominic Sandbrook, Tim Walker in conversation with Susanna Brown and Gavin Turk in conversation with Matthew Collings. Sixty minute tours giving knowledgeable insight into the fair take place each day while exhibition include The New York Times Carbon's Casualties, Eamonn Doyle Made in Dublin and Simulations by Rachel Louise Brown.

 
 
 

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