Festival of Imagination events at Selfridges London

London | 09 January 2014 - 22 February 2014

Festival of Imagination

From inspirational talks by world-renowned poets to a crystalline city you can help build, discover our in-store programme of interactive lectures, debates and workshops at Selfridges London here.

THE IMAGINARIUM
For our exclusive line-up of talks and events, we needed a hub at Selfridges London so we called on award-winning architect Rem Koolhaas to design our modern-day amphitheatre. Opening on January 16, the circular space has been designed exclusively for the Festival of Imagination and is the place where all of our discussions, debates, lectures and interactive activities will take place. 

Imaginarium at Selfridges London

THE EVENTS
FRIDAY 17 JANUARY, 12.30–1.30PM
The Imagineers – Rolf Sachs: In Conversation
Conceptual artist and designer Rolf Sachs discusses his creative process, touching upon his past, present and future works and why imagination, wit and humour are so integral to his work. 

SATURDAY 18 JANUARY, 1-2.30pm
The School of Life – ‘Dance Party’ with Dr Peter Lovatt
Dr Peter Lovatt, runs the Dance Psychology Lab which addresses research questions like: How does dancing change the way people think? This physical dance party will move our bodies and minds.Tickets are £25 per person and spaces are limited. Book your ticket here.

SUNDAY 19 JANUARY, 1-3pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Biofashion
In the near future, sewing machines could be replaced by vats of liquid – creating vast, silent factories where clothes, shoes and accessories are grown, not sewn. Come and explore this exciting new vision of future fashion as we grow fabric from microbes with Suzanne Lee and her Biocouture team.

MONDAY 20 JANUARY, 12–2pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Biofashion
In the near future, sewing machines could be replaced by vats of liquid – creating vast, silent factories where clothes, shoes and accessories are grown, not sewn. Come and explore this exciting new vision of future fashion as we grow fabric from microbes with Suzanne Lee and her Biocouture team.

MONDAY 20 JANUARY, 6.30-7.30pm
Kickasana class with Sweaty Betty
London-based fitness clothing company Sweaty Betty will be holding classes by KICK STUDIO called Kickasana  to help you centre your mind.  The classes are a fusion of Thai boxing, yoga, breathing, stretching and creative visulisation. Sign up by emailing sbclasses@selfridges.co.uk and state the date you’d like to attend.

TUESDAY 21 JANUARY, 12.30-1.30pm
The Imagineers – ‘Are Two Heads Better Than One?’ with Agatha Haines 
Join artist Agatha Haines as she explores the weird and wonderful scientific discoveries involving the human body and how the media and the general public respond to these, using Frankenstein as a paradigm for the issues and ethics behind such research.

WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY, 7-8pm
Lost Lectures – ‘Just Look Up’ with Gavin Pretor-Pinny
You don’t need to plan an exotic trip or immerse yourself in a good book to let your imagination wonder. ‘Just look up’ says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society and author of the best selling Cloudspotter’s Guide. Gavin’s talk presents a unique stroll through the shape shifting landscapes of clouds, illustrating how these often overlooked phenomena reveal the complex vectors that connect us with the natural world. Tickets are £15 per person and spaces are limited. Sorry, tickets for this event are now sold out.

FRIDAY 24 JANUARY, 12.30 -1.30pm
The Imagineers - 'Everything Has The Potential To Be Incredible' with Clara Gaggero from Vitamins
Vitamins is a design and invention studio based in London, working in the spaces between science, technology, business and wonder. Join Clara Gaggero from Vitamins as she reveals how the studio tackles projects which completely transform ordinary objects.

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY, 1-2.30pm
The School of Life – ‘Eureka Moments’ with Cathy Haynes
Curator, artist and educator, Cathy Haynes takes us on a journey to free our imaginations and cultivate our own thinking styles; together we sleuth for ideas and clues, making discoveries about our creative selves. Tickets are £25 per person and spaces are limited. Book your ticket here.

SUNDAY 26 JANUARY, 1-3pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Crystal City
Architects Magnus Larsson and Alex Kaiser of Ordinary Ltd have been experimenting with ways of growing larger and larger structures from crystal. Join us as we put this imaginative form of future architecture to the test. Experiment with different crystals, colours, materials and structures to build your own scale model and contribute to an ever-growing Crystal City at Selfridges.

MONDAY 27 JANUARY, 12–2pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Crystal City
Architects Magnus Larsson and Alex Kaiser of Ordinary Ltd have been experimenting with ways of growing larger and larger structures from crystal. Join us as we put this imaginative form of future architecture to the test. Experiment with different crystals, colours, materials and structures to build your own scale model and contribute to an ever-growing Crystal City at Selfridges.

MONDAY 27 JANUARY, 6.30-7.30pm
Kickasana class with Sweaty Betty
London-based fitness clothing company Sweaty Betty will be holding classes by KICK STUDIO called Kickasana  to help you centre your mind.  The classes are a fusion of Thai boxing, yoga, breathing, stretching and creative visulisation. Sign up by emailing sbclasses@selfridges.co.uk and state the date you’d like to attend.

TUESDAY 28 JANUARY, 12.30–1.30pm
‘The New Reality’ with Dezeen’s Marcus Fairs
Marcus Fairs, founder of influential architecture and design blog Dezeen and curator of the Imagine Shop at Selfridges, talks about how augmented and virtual reality are changing the world around us and explores how lines between the real and imagined world are becoming increasingly blurred.

TUESDAY 28 JANUARY, 6-7.30pm
Wine Workshop: ‘Finding Flavours’ – with Dawn Davies
The hardest thing about tasting is often how to describe the wine. This masterclass will guide you through the terms used in wine tasting, highlighting some of the common flavours that can be found and how to describe them. Tickets are £25 per person, £10 redeemable on the night on wines tasted on the night (up to 8 wines tasted per session). Tickets available from The Wine Shop on LG or call 0207 318 3939 to book.

WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY, 7-8pm
Lost Lectures: ‘Reflections Of The Poet Laureate’ with Carol Anne Duffy
Carol Ann is the current poet Laureate of the UK. She will be joining us to read through a series of selected pieces in this rarely intimate setting. The readings will be interspersed with personal reflections by Carol. Expect her to enlighten us on the process of composition, the reception of her pieces and (if we're lucky) perhaps some reflections on one of her more famous fans: the queen. Tickets are £15 per person and spaces are limited. Book your ticket here.

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY, 7-8PM
No Place Like Home - Imagining a future in a climate changed world with Vivienne Westwood, Lily Cole and Lorna Tucker

Vivienne Westwood, Lily Cole (Patron of the Environmental Justice Foundation) and Lorna Tucker join us at Selfridges to discuss how EJF’s No Place Like Home campaign for climate refugees inspired their creation of the Red Shoes film and dance performed at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS'14 London Fashion Week show, as well as t-shirts in aid of the charity. They will discuss how imagination and creative interpretation is important to building awareness for this compelling and pertinent issue. There will also be an opportunity for you to join the speakers in using your own imagination to bring about recognition and protection of climate refugees.
Please RSVP to imagination@selfridges.co.uk.

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY, 12.30-2.30pm
The James Dyson Foundation Challenge 
Close the textbooks and enjoy practical problem solving using the wonders of science with these interactive drop-in activities. How do you pierce a balloon without popping it? How do you float a paperclip on water? The James Dyson Foundation are at-hand with a range of extraordinary experiments to help you discover how science and engineering can explain the impossible. 

SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY, 1-2.30pm
The School of Life – ‘Making the Most of Your Mind’ with Dan Hurley
Can we train our minds to make ourselves, our kids, and our parents smarter? Or is it just hype? New York Times published science journalist Dan Hurley explores how we can all make the most of our minds. Tickets are £25 per person and spaces are limited. Book your ticket here.

SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY, 1-3pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Biofashion
In the near future, sewing machines could be replaced by vats of liquid – creating vast, silent factories where clothes, shoes and accessories are grown, not sewn. Come and explore this exciting new vision of future fashion as we grow fabric from microbes with Suzanne Lee and her Biocouture team.

MONDAY 3 FEBRUARY, 12–2pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Biofashion
In the near future, sewing machines could be replaced by vats of liquid – creating vast, silent factories where clothes, shoes and accessories are grown, not sewn. Come and explore this exciting new vision of future fashion as we grow fabric from microbes with Suzanne Lee and her Biocouture team.

TUESDAY 4 FEBRUARY, 12.30-2.30pm
The James Dyson Foundation Challenge
Close the textbooks and enjoy practical problem solving using the wonders of science with these interactive drop-in activities. How do you pierce a balloon without popping it? How do you float a paperclip on water? The James Dyson Foundation are at-hand with a range of extraordinary experiments to help you discover how science and engineering can explain the impossible.

WEDNESDAY 5 FEBRUARY, 7-8pm
Lost Lectures: 'Engaging imagination' with Simon Chinn
Simon is a two time Academy Award winning producer and documentary filmmaker behind ‘Searching for Sugarman’, ‘Man On Wire’ and ‘The Imposter’. A master storyteller, Simon’s talk will be in conjunction with notable film critics using original film footage to discuss the unbelievable stories he's worked on so far. Sorry, tickets for this event are now sold out.

THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY, 7-8pm
The Design Process with the James Dyson Foundation 
How do you become an inventor? Find out from a panel of young thinkers including Dan Watson, 2012 winner of the James Dyson Award and Daniel McLaughlin, 2012/2013 Royal College of Art student, Duncan Fitzsimons from Vitamin Design and Joe Hodgetts Dyson Design Engineer who will discuss their experience of design and inventing.

FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY, 12.30–1.30pm
The Imagineers – ‘Variations on Normal’ with Dominic Wilcox
Inventor, artist and designer Dominic Wilcox will give a fast-paced talk about his imaginative work and the challenge of finding new ideas. He'll reveal the thinking process behind creating his latest work for The Festival of Imagination window including his Future Viewing Binoculars, Robot Legged Suitcase and fifty other odd but strangely logical inventions.

SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY, 1-2.30pm
The School of Life – ‘Secret Jukebox’ with Nick Southgate and Miranda Sawyer
An adventure through our musical jukebox; with each track we’ll explore the memories, emotions and insights that each tune triggers; unearthing the epiphanies and lessons we can take only from music. Tickets are £25 per person and spaces are limited. Book your ticket here.

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY, 1-3pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Crystal City
Architects Magnus Larsson and Alex Kaiser of Ordinary Ltd have been experimenting with ways of growing larger and larger structures from crystal. Join us as we put this imaginative form of future architecture to the test. Experiment with different crystals, colours, materials and structures to build your own scale model and contribute to an ever-growing Crystal City at Selfridges.

MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY, 12-2pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Crystal City

Architects Magnus Larsson and Alex Kaiser of Ordinary Ltd have been experimenting with ways of growing larger and larger structures from crystal. Join us as we put this imaginative form of future architecture to the test. Experiment with different crystals, colours, materials and structures to build your own scale model and contribute to an ever-growing Crystal City at Selfridges.

MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY, 6.30-7.30pm
Kickasana class with Sweaty Betty
London-based fitness clothing company Sweaty Betty will be holding classes by KICK STUDIO called Kickasana  to help you centre your mind.  The classes are a fusion of Thai boxing, yoga, breathing, stretching and creative visulisation. Sign up by emailing sbclasses@selfridges.co.uk and state the date you’d like to attend.

TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY, 6-7.30pm
Wine Workshop: Understanding Terroir – Dawn Davies
The traditional concept of terroir focuses on the geology, geography and climate of an area in the belief these factors can change the flavour and structure of the wine. In this masterclass you will get to the heart of this very French concept and will be able to decide for yourself. Tickets are £25 per person, £10 redeemable on the night on wines tasted on the night (up to 8 wines tasted per session). Tickets available from The Wine Shop on LG or call 0207 318 3939 to book.

WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY, 7-8pm
Lost Lectures: 'Our Minds Cannot Imagine What Our Eyes Cannot See' with David McCandless
David’s mission is to distill the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams allowing people to ‘see the invisible’ and make sense of it. Sorry, tickets for this event are now sold out.

FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY, 12.30–1.30pm
The Imagineers – ‘Serious Play’ with Theo from Minimaforms
Founded by brothers Stephen and Theodore Spyropoulos, Minimaforms is an experimental architecture and design practice that explores interactive frameworks to engage with the everyday. Join Theo as he explores design that enables human curiosity and play, forging intimate exchanges that are emotive and evolving over time. 

FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY, 2.30–3.30PM
The Imagineers – ‘London Free Trade Zone’ with Andrew Merritt from Something & Son
Something & Son present their future plans for a 'London Free Trade Zone'. They propose to transform the wastelands of the city, inserting self-build structures into overlooked nooks and crannies to house a network of businesses sheltered from the crippling pressures of rent and rates in the contemporary cosmopolitan city.

SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY, 1-2.30pm
The School of Life – ‘100 Questions on Love’ with Susan Quilliam 
Susan Quilliam is a psychologist, and writer specialising relationships, love and sexuality. She recently rewrote The Joy of Sex. Susan leads an interactive ‘speed-conversation’ drawing on 100 Questions on Love. Tickets are £25 per person and spaces are limited. Book your ticket here

SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY, 1-3pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Biofashion
In the near future, sewing machines could be replaced by vats of liquid – creating vast, silent factories where clothes, shoes and accessories are grown, not sewn. Come and explore this exciting new vision of future fashion as we grow fabric from microbes with Suzanne Lee and her Biocouture team.

MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 12–2pm
Super/collider - Growing the future: Crystal City
In the near future, sewing machines could be replaced by vats of liquid – creating vast, silent factories where clothes, shoes and accessories are grown, not sewn. Come and explore this exciting new vision of future fashion as we grow fabric from microbes with Suzanne Lee and her Biocouture team.

MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 6.30-7.30pm
Kickasana class with Sweaty Betty
London-based fitness clothing company Sweaty Betty will be holding classes by KICK STUDIO called Kickasana  to help you centre your mind.  The classes are a fusion of Thai boxing, yoga, breathing, stretching and creative visulisation.Sign up by emailing sbclasses@selfridges.co.uk and state the date you’d like to attend.

TUESDAY 18 – THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY, 12-4.30pm & 6-7.30pm
Half term activity with Mini Artists
Get their creative juices flowing with crafty workshops from the folk at Mini Artists, hosting fun, creative and educational art classes for children of all ages.

TUESDAY 18 FEBRAURY, 6-7.30pm
Wine Workshop: Food and Drink Pairing – Dawn Davies
Go beyond the rule of ‘white for fish and red for meat’ and understand how to select the perfect wine for any dish. This masterclass will look at useful everyday pairings, plus more unorthodox options such as beer and cheese. Tickets are £25 per person, £10 redeemable on the night on wines tasted on the night (up to 8 wines tasted per session). Tickets available from The Wine Shop on LG or call 0207 318 3939 to book.

WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY, 7-8pm
Lost Lectures: Molotov Jukebox
This fiery London-based 6-piece band is fronted by the multi-talented singer, actress and fashion icon Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones). Don't miss this intimate live performance in the Imaginarium, guaranteed to be worth dusting off your dance shoes for. Sorry, this lecture has now sold out.

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY, 6.30-8PM
The Festival of Imagination Competition – live final
As part of the Festival of Imagination, we’re on the hunt for the next big idea to shape the future of shopping. Come and watch the three finalists pitch their ideas to our panel of industry experts and see who gets chosen to have their idea implemented at Selfridges within the next year. The future of retail is ready to be imagined…

FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 12.30–1.30pm
The Imagineers – ‘Shackleton’ with Patrick Stevenson Keating
Using lunar surface data from NASA, Studio PSK and Tom Metcalfe have created a future city on the moon. Shackleton, the lunar capital of 2040, is a speculative future, exploring the types of lives which might exists in this familiar but inaccessible landscape. Join Patrick from Studio PSK as he questions the future of the Moon, and Earth's relationship with it.

FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 2.30–3.30pm
The Imagineers – ‘The Imagination Of An Art Prankster’ with Nancy Fouts
Join artist Nancy Fouts as she explores how the imaginative process renders the original meaning of an object obsolete and opens up new dimensions of thought. 

SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 1-2.30pm
The School of Life – ‘The Creative Brain workshop’ with Vincent Walsh 
Vincent Walsh is Professor of Human Brain Research and Royal Society Industry Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. His workshop will explore how the brain works as a creative tool.Tickets are £25 per person and spaces are limited. Book your ticket here.

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