There are several events and exhibitions in London this month that are worth going to.
Please click through to the links to book places on talks.
New Idea Club
6-9pm, 25 Feb 2013
‘New Idea Club is a world-cafe style idea pitch workshop for passionate change makers to share, connect, and communicate each other’s ideas, challenges, and experiences (also just for fun!).
New Idea are always born from people. Being alone can make nothing. But being together can always bring something. Why not collaborate? Share the idea! Give your thought! It is a starting point for collaboration. So it’s started to change the world, hasn’t it?
New Idea Club is purely to share innovative social ideas yet business. Grab nice beers or beautiful wines to enjoy sharing, respecting, and inspiring ideas each other rather than always thinking your ideas on a desk. Get out and come here!’
Empathy creates the human bonds that make life worth living. Yet although vital in our interconnected world, we seem to have a worrying “empathy deficit”.
Join us for an exclusive screening of a new documentary film about empathy called Love, Hate and Everything In Between – plus a special discussion with the film’s director, Alex Gabbay. and Mary Gordon who appears in the film.
[Running time: 52 minutes] A documentary film which looks into neuroscience, psychology, education and technology to explore the extraordinary relevance of empathy in today’s world. It asks whether empathy can resolve issues of aggression and subjugation, where wars and politics have failed.
Mary Gordon is a social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. She is the founder and president of Roots of Empathy.’
Dr. Lynne Maher, Director for Innovation and Design, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, on ‘Experience based design, Innovation and the NHS’. Talk arranged by Policy Connect.
6.30-8.30pm, 28 Feb 2013
‘Lynne Maher discusses her experience developing the EBD approach at the NHS Institute for Innovation and spreading its practice more widely within the NHS. Lynne will also consider the limits and possibilities of design-based approaches within healthcare improvement and innovation.’
The return of the League of Pragmatic Optimists (London)
6.30-11pm, 28 Feb 2013
‘The League of Pragmatic Optimists return with the first of many regular events in London in 2013 (to complement growing chapters in Madrid, Wellington and Cape Town).
So please secure your places for our first LOPO serendipity session of the year where you can pitch an idea you need help with to the assembled attendees, or contribute your genius to projects asking for your insight.
If you’ve got a project that aims to make the world better and you’d like to pitch at LOPO London please e-mail Tom Mansfield beforehand. You can, of course, turn up on the night but we only have limited slots…. so you may be bumped to our next meeting in April…
For everyone else, please let us know you’re coming so we can plan for the right numbers (click on ‘Attend event’ below) and then contribute your lovely brains on the night…. As before we’ll take over the upstairs of the lovely The Green pub, 29 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1 (a mere hop from Farringdon tube/ rail)- which does lovely food and snack and fine ales and wines…’
Next month: The Amazings party
12 March 2013
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Juergen Teller: Woo!
23 January 2013 – 17 March 2013
‘Considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, Juergen Teller is one of a few artists who has been able to operate successfully both in the art world and the world of commercial photography. This exhibition will provide a seamless journey through his landmark fashion and commercial photography from the 90s, presenting classic images of celebrities such as Lily Cole, Kurt Cobain and Vivienne Westwood, as well as more recent landscapes and family portraits.’
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
21 February – 27 May 2013
‘Tate Modern is proud to present a retrospective of one of the great American artists of the twentieth century.
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is the first full-scale retrospective of this important artist in over twenty years. Co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, this momentous show brings together 125 of his most definitive paintings and sculptures and will reassess his enduring legacy.
Lichtenstein is renowned for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, coloured with his signature hand-painted Benday dots. The exhibition showcases such key paintings as Look Mickey 1961 lent from the National Gallery Art, Washington and his monumental Artist’s Studio series of 1973–4. Other noteworthy highlights include Whaam! 1963 – a signature work in Tate’s collection – and Drowning Girl 1963 on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The artist’s rich and expansive practice will be represented by a wide range of materials, including paintings on Rowlux and steel, as well sculptures in ceramic and brass and a selection of previously unseen drawings, collages and works of paper.
Room after room will pay tribute to his extraordinary oeuvre, celebrating the visual power and intellectual rigour of Roy Lichtenstein’s work.’