New Scientist Presents: The Dreamers' Club
29 June 2017
Frobisher Auditorium 1
Is the golden age of exploration just beginning? Who decides what the future looks like? Do we really need reality anymore? And is it time we let go of our humanity?
New Scientist presents a series of conversations on the themes of the Barbican’s landmark exhibition, Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction. Leading scientific and cultural figures will explore how today’s cutting-edge ideas, discoveries and inventions inspire the literature, art and games of tomorrow – and vice versa.
In The Dreamers’ Club, speculative architect Liam Young, co-founder of think-tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, talks to Piers Bizony, author of numerous books about spaceflight and of The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. As we’ve moved from oil paintings to computer graphics, our imagined futures have become both more fantastic and more realistic at the same time. So who decides what the future should look like? And how does what we imagine inspire what we invent?