Imperial College, Queen's Gate, South Kensington
London, England SW7 2AZ

A lecture by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Chairman Emeritus, IBM Academy of Science with John Maybury, Film Director and Nigel Coates, Architect, Author and Designer

"The Design London STIR lecture series brings together the most exciting and insightful speakers to stimulate debate on global business, social and cultural issues. You are invited to engage in a conversation with thought leaders from the world of business, technology and the creative industries, understand the impact of radical and disruptive technologies, the opportunity for design led innovation and the pressing need for an interdisciplinary approach.

In this evening's lecture we will explore the cross over between real and virtual worlds in the worlds of cinema, architecture and information technology.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Chairman Emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology, and Visiting/Adjunct Professor at MIT and Imperial College respectively, will explore the evolution of the internet as it becomes a truly immersive and visual environment. He will examine how these technologies break down the perceptual barriers between the physical and virtual worlds, and provide the tools to visualise and interact with ideas, concepts, virtual and real artefacts, as well as with work colleagues, friends and family. But such a world needs to be conceptualised and visualised, and the experience of being immersed in such an environment will depend more on the world of the visual arts and architectural design than technology.

Irving will be in conversation with John Maybury, Film Director well known for films such as 'The Jacket' (2005) and more recently 'The Edge of Love', a tender and vibrant exploration of the poet Dylan Thomas's wartime romances, starring Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley.

Nigel Coates, Head of Architecture at the RCA, will also be joining the conversation, a consistent performer on the high wire above art and architecture. His many projects in Japan and across Britain were as if experiments for his exhibition work, such as 'Ecstacity' at the 2000 Venice Biennale, and the 'Mixtacity' installation at Tate Modern in 2007. Both of these applied a filmic sensibility to the design of cities. In his own words he'd like to "put back the movement the Modern Movement forgot about".

Please join us for a stimulating evening of conversation, contrasting perspectives and new insights. And after the formal session we will hold a drinks reception where you can meet the speakers and other participants from very different disciplines to your own."

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Added by nico_macdonald on March 11, 2008



If I wasn't going to be out of the country, I'd drop everything to be there. Irving is a sparky and compelling speaker.