• Ll2

    Dr Chris Lintott at The Lost Lectures

  • Ll1

    One of the speakers at The Lost Lectures

Events

The Lost Lectures

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Over the past couple of years something odd has happened in London. The city’s inhabitants have defied their caricature as surly, cynical and self-interested and shown instead a remarkable thirst for knowledge. The latest event hoping to scratch the capital’s cultural itch is the Lost Lectures, which presents an eclectic line-up of six speakers in a secret location. The night we went, we learned about astronomical crowd-sourcing, saw a smiling picture of the new Belgian Prime Minister and found out what London’s secret rivers smell like, among other things.

Founder and compere Julian Kosicki-Slawinski was inspired to start the series by the Albert Einstein quote: “I have no special talent I am only passionately curious.” Leaving aside Albie’s self-deprecation, Julian wanted to offer an informal new space where intellectual fancies could be tickled. And where there’s a bar.

The stand-out talk of the night came from James Ward, founder of the Boring Conference, an event which was born out of a jokey Tweet that spiralled out of control. He makes out the conference focuses on “the mundane, the boring, the obvious and the overlooked” (think live milk taste-tests and a man who has documented every sneeze – time, location, strength– over a three year period).

But actually he spoke with passion and wit about the “transformative power of attention” and how to find the fascinating in the most unlikely places.

Also on the bill were Dr Chris Lintott, an entertaining astronomer who runs Zooniverse allowing anyone and everyone to help map the universe through “the very human property of saying what on earth is that weird thing down there?” and comedy duo Tom Williams and Matt Lacey responsible for Youtube super hits Gap Yah and Newport State of Mind. They spoke about how the online space has changed the comedy scene and gave us the great fact that 30% of videos make up 99% of all views on Youtube.

It was a pleasure too to hear Matt Brown of The Londonist describe some of London’s really secret spaces such as the plague pit under London Bridge (where he once spent the night) and the view from behind the iconic Piccadilly Circus billboards.

All in all an entertaining and enlightening night which is a worthy addition to the city’s many knowledge-hunting citizens.

Ra

Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.

Most Recent: Events View Archive

  1. List

    As one of the most fundamental visual tools, creatives use colour in a multitude of ways. It’s Nice That is excited to be partnering with G . F Smith for three evenings exploring how an eclectic mix of visual practitioners think about colour and harness its power. They will take place across the UK and each evening will also feature an exclusive screening of the Colorplan film Bright Red. The exciting line-ups we have helped curate for the events are:

  2. List

    An elegant townhouse in central London has been transformed into a multi-storey, multi-sensory celebration of Italian style and culture. The House of Peroni, which opened last night, boasts a host of retro-inspired creativity – inspired by 1963, the year Peroni Nastro Azzurro was launched – and it brings to life a stylised version of la dolce vita.

  3. Main

    I love Pick Me Up, especially the private view. Fine cheese, meats, booze and the best illustration and graphic arts you can hope for under one roof. In its fifth year the festival seems to have graduated from being a trade fair at which members of the public could by prints and knick knacks they wanted to hang in their kitchen, to being a place that celebrates the true craft of the world’s youngest and most talented artists.

  4. List

    We’ve featured Brinkworth’s beautifully designed skate parks on the site before when they launched Nike’s BaySixty6, a community project under London’s Westway that invited people of all ages to pick up a deck and try their hand on the ramps. The initiative was such a success that Brinkworth have become something of an authority on skate park construction and have since been invited to create a temporary set-up at the Old Selfridges Hotel, located inside Selfridges department store.

  5. Main

    A lot of websites and magazines have technology and creative digital media as the forefront of their coverage. I never really got it before, until visiting Resonate festival in Belgrade last week when suddenly it dawned on me: turns out technology really is the future. Whoops!

  6. List

    It’s that time of the year – the YCN Professional Awards are now open for entries and once again competition is sure to be fierce as the freshest creative talent at work around the world battle it out for the prestigious prizes.

  7. Virginatlantic1

    Somewhere in the financial district of Manhattan, Virgin Atlantic are quite literally flying the flag for Britain with Fabergé’s second Big Egg Hunt, which follows the resounding success of the inaugural event in London two years ago. Over 250 eggs have taken residency across New York for the month of April, with familiar creative names such as Tracey Emin, Oliver Jeffers and Shantell Martin have all transformed the blank canvas of a shell provided.

  8. List

    What’s the only thing better than a celebration of Italian style and culture? A celebration of Italian style and culture with a retro twist, that’s what, and Londoners are in for that very treat next month with the return of The House of Peroni. Visitors stepping through the doors of 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in Holborn will be plunged into a world of all things italiano featuring food and drink, fashion and design.

  9. List

    Last weekend we were honoured to be invited to speak at Dublin’s OFFSET festival; a three-day feast of creative insight and inspiration. More than 2,000 people flocked to the Irish capital for talks, panel discussions and live interviews and it was amazing to be part of a line-up that included the likes of Jessica Walsh, Marian Bantjes, Marina Willer, Richard Turley, Mike Perry, Richard Mosse and Jon Burgerman.

  10. List

    Creative conferences come in all shapes and sizes and they all have different reputations, but Dublin’s Offset is renowned for its combination of great speakers and a super-fun informal line-up.

  11. List

    By this time of January, most people have started to add caveats to their well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions. I won’t drink on weekdays. When there’s a full moon. Unless I hear a dog bark. But if your plans for 2014 extend to something slightly more ambitious then digital education start-up Steer have just the thing for you.

  12. List

    The Barbican’s current show is all about examining the relationship between all-conquering cultural phenomenon Pop Art and the design world, and when it comes to graphic design in particular, few people are better qualified to discuss the creative culture clash than Nigel Waymouth. As part of the legendary (and perfectly-named) Hapshash and the Coloured Coat design and music collective, Nigel and his partner Michael English helped revolutionise the way we see posters as an art form. Their colourful, psychedelic screen prints for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd were a huge part of establishing the visual vernacular with which we still associate London in the Swinging Sixties and the significance of their work was confirmed when the V&A Museum held an exhibition of their posters at the turn of the century.

  13. List

    It’s Friday, which means we’re starting to get a little delirious here in the It’s Nice That bunker. The heating’s turned up to an anaesthetising 30 degrees and we’ve got some nondescript house music blasting from the stereo. The only thing we need to complete the picture and really get this Friday party pumping is some kind of memey-cat-themed brilliance to keep us entertained until it’s time to crack open some cheap Dutch lager and greet the weekend with open arms. What’s that Hungry Castle, you’re putting together a project that combines cats and lasers and art and explosions and is set to premier at next year’s ADC Miami Beach Festival? Well yeah, of course we’d like to see it. “Meow, meow, peow, peow. Boom!”