• Opening Event: Sharing Space

    17:00-18:45 - Institut français
    Opening address by Jean-Pierre Jouyet, French Ambassador to the UK
     
    Talk
    Discover the brave new worlds of outer space with astronauts Timothy Peake and Thomas Pesquet and British space scientist and presenter of BBC’s The Sky at Night, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. We will examine the new challenges for space exploration and assess the impact of space discoveries. Why, though, do we need to project ourselves into the universe in the first place? Jean-Yves Le Gall (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) and Graham Turnock (UK Space Agency) will also join the debate.

     
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    Chair

     
    M.C.



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  • Turing’s Machine: The Genesis of the Computer Revolution

    18:00-19:00 - Imperial College London
    Demonstration
    We travel back to the genesis of the computer revolution with Marc Raynaud, Professor of Mathematics and inventor, who will demonstrate at Imperial College a prototype of a Turing Machine that he conceived and implemented using the technology available when the momentous idea and the related conceptual model were put forward by Alan Turing in the mid-1930s.

     
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  • AI Tech Showcase

    18:00-19:00 - Imperial College London

    Imperial College AI Network and the French Tech London present a set of pioneering AI tech, created by leading inventors, artists and researchers. Exploring the practical, theoretical or poetical uses of AI, this interactive showcase will take place in the foyer and main entrance hall of Imperial College London. Open to a wide audience, the show includes a drawing robot, dancing drones, and an AI app for visually impaired people, amongst other innovations.

     
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    • Imperial College AI Network – Imperial academics working at the forefront of AI science and application.
    • French Tech London – bringing together actors of the French London Startup and Tech scene.
      • Patrick Tresset, Artist and Scientist – with RNP-II, his drawing robot
      • Jean-Dominique Lauwereins, CEO at BeTomorrow and CTO at Dronisos
      • Pierre-Frederic Jaffre, Chief of Staff, Data and AI, at Microsoft


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  • CreAItivity – Artificial Intelligence and Creativity

    19:00-20:15 - Imperial College London
    Debate
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly defying the realms of possibility in fields ranging from brain science, engineering and medicine to art, music and design. We venture into these new territories with leading researchers including Simon Colton, François Pachet and Aldo Faisal. Can human brain capacity be translated into technology? Will artificial intelligence be capable of creativity and imagination? How creative can we be in a world of AI?

     
    Speakers

    • Simon Colton, Professor in Digital Games Technologies (Falmouth) and Computational Creativity (Goldsmiths)
    • Dr Aldo Faisal, Director of the Brain & Behaviour Analytics Lab, Imperial College London
    • François Pachet, Director of Spotify Creator Technology Research Lab

     
    Chair

     
    M.C.



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  • Can Art Change the World?

    19:00-20:15 - V&A
    Debate
    Transforming or distorting reality, art has always changed our perception of the world. Constantly pushing boundaries further and exploring new forms of expression, contemporary art continues this to challenge our minds and offer us new ways of seeing.
    In this debate, leading figures of the art world discuss the power of art in politics and society, highlighting the artist’s responsibility towards society, and the ability of art to make a difference, giving young people the opportunity to build an identity and find a place into our world.

     
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  • Imagining Revolutions

    19:00-20:45 - Institut français
    Debate
    2018, the 50th anniversary of the Paris protests of May 1968, is the occasion to compare the history of those revolutionary moments that appear essential to collective understandings in Europe and beyond. How do we come to create our specific myths of revolution – what is the work being done by these myths in our collective memory – and what uses do we make today of the idea of revolution? In partnership with King’s College London, with a guest appearance by Ken Loach.

     
    Talk with

     
    Speakers

    • Anna Bernard, Head of Comparative Literature and Senior Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at King’s College London
    • Rosa Mucignat, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at King’s College London
    • Karolina Jakaite, Lecturer in History of Design and Design Management at the Vilnius Academy of Arts
    • Sanja Perovic, Senior Lecturer in French and Co-Director of the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s College London
    • Benedict Schofield, Head of Department of German at King’s College London

     
    Chair

    • Ziad Elmarsafy, Professor of Comparative Literature at King’s College London


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  • Contemporary Music as a Creative Medium

    20:30-21:20 - Institut français
    Talk and Music
    Throughout the centuries, musicians have never ceased to invent, discover, explore new ways to express themselves. Particularly in Western music, evolutions have been drastic and rapid, moving towards greater complexity, new timbres and highly sophisticated forms. At the same time, a growing dichotomy arose between so-called serious music and the entertainment industry.
    Where are we now? How does musical creativity express itself in our global world of digital exchanges and fast-moving trends and fashions? How different is the current creative process from preceding times? How does musical creativity connect with other arts and with science? What kind of dialogue is there among those fields?

     
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    • Eric de Visscher, Music & Art Consultant and Researcher, Visiting Professor at the V&A


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  • A Hundred Years of Women’s Rights

    21:15-22:30 - Institut français
    Debates
    As we enter the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK, where do we stand with women’s rights and gender equality today?
    Women’s rights have undeniably progressed in Western countries, as we discuss and celebrate in part one of this debate. There are also ordinary and extraordinary role models shaping the world through their achievements, as we see in part two.
    Yet as the explosion of sexual harassment scandals also demonstrates, our societies are still far too male-dominated and still inflict everyday violence on women. Will this awareness encourage men to embrace feminism? (How) can men be feminists? Are we in the middle of a gender crisis? In part three we adopt a Franco-British and European perspective to debate these questions of crucial relevance for the next 100 years of women’s rights.

     
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  • Viola concert by Geneviève Strosser

    21:30-22:10 - Institut français

    First Prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Geneviève Strosser‘s repertoire of solo pieces encompasses some of the greatest works for viola composed in the 20th Century, and she works closely with living composers Stefano Gervasoni, Hugues Dufourt (who both dedicated a viola concerto to her) and Georges Aperghis. For the Night of Ideas, her programme includes György Ligeti’s sonata for solo viola, Jonathan Harvey’s Chant, Giacinto Scelsi’s Manto and Helmut Lachenmann’s Toccatina.



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  • Music Rendezvous with Laura Cahen

    22:20-23:00 - Institut français
    Concert
    Upcoming French singer-songwriter Laura Cahen, will fill our Art Deco-listed library with subtle songs abounding with poetry. Discover the haunting and romantic ballads on her debut album, Nord, powered by her playful reinvention of the French language with an encapsulating dream-pop spirit.


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  • Power and Politics: The Hottest Genre in TV Drama

    22:45-23:45 - Institut français
    Debate
    Chaired by Walter Iuzzolino, the curator behind global drama channel, Walter Presents, Power and Politics: The Hottest Genre in TV drama will lift the lid on some of the most popular recent hit thrillers and royal dramas. Why have they struck such a chord with international audiences, and what successful formulae do they share? Meet the producers, writers and actors behind blockbuster hits like Spin, The Crown, Victoria, and The Bureau, and explore the line where fiction and reality meet. Who is manipulating whom, and to what extent is fiction shaping real life politics and public opinion? Mathieu Sapin, author of comic books on politics will also join the debate.

     
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  • After Midnight Party

    From 24:00 until late - Institut français

    The Night of Ideas will be closed out by an address from London’s first Night Czar and broadcaster Amy Lamé who will launch the After Midnight Party. She will be joined by acclaimed French DJ collective, Pétrole, will play house, disco and hip-hop inspired tunes to take us further into the night.