2014

Swedish Design Awards
Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
25 November 2014
Every two years, the Swedish Design Awards are organised in Stockholm by Svensk Form, Sweden's national design body, with Future Design Days. Alice is to speak at this year's award ceremony, which is to be held at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm.
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Social Design
Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands
25 October 2014
Addressing the global energy crisis by striving to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy sources is a major design challenge of our time. Alice is to discuss the issue at a conference on Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.
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Serpentine Marathon: Extinction and the Future
Serpentine Gallery, London
18 October 2014
Every year on the closing weekend of the Frieze Art Fair, the Serpentine Gallery stages a two day Marathon of talks, screenings and debates. Alice will be discussing this year's theme Extinction and the Future, with the Dutch book designer Irma Boom, who designed "Hello World".
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BIO 50: Ljubljana Design Biennial
Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia
18 September 2014
The Ljubljana Design Biennial is celebrating its 50th anniversary by staging a six month experiment in research-based design by multidisciplinary teams. Alice is to discuss the results with fellow juror of the Biennial, the designer Konstantin Grcic and its curator Jan Boelen.
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Why design is not - and shouldn't be confused with - art
Universal University, Milan, Italy
28 July 2014
In the approach to Expo Milano 2015, the Domus Academy, Bocconi University, Politecnico di Milano and Brera Academy are staging the Universal University summer series of talks and debates at which Alice will address the constantly changing relationship of art and design.
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University of the Arts Graduation Ceremony
Royal Festival Hall, London
17 July 2014
Alice is to speak at the University of the Arts's graduation ceremony in the Royal Festival Hall, London at which she will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to design and journalism. Among the other honourees are photographer Nick Knight and artist Mariko Mori.
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Design and Innovation
Futur en Seine World Digital Festival, Paris, France
13 June 2014
As a keynote speaker at the Futur en Seine World Digital Festival at the Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers, Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, Alice explored design's relationship to imagination and innovation, central themes of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life.
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Megacities
MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
11 June 2014
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the MAK, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, is to investigate its history and its impact on design, craft, art and making in Exemplary, a series of exhibitions and debates. Alice participated in Megacities, a discussion about the future of urbanism.
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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
Malta Design Week, Valletta, Malta
18 May 2014
What are the challenges and opportunities that will define design in the future, especially for micronations like Malta? Alice addressed these issues and other key themes of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life in Valletta in the opening talk of Malta Design Week 2014.
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From Design to Design Thinking
Riga, Latvia
13 May 2014
Alice spoke at the opening event of Creative Action Week 2014 on 13 May in the Latvian capital, Riga, by discussing the transition from design to design thinking and its impact on our lives. She also discussed the role of design within society at an informal event that evening
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Curating Design
MIART, Milan, Italy
28 March 2014
Alice moderated a debate on the challenges and possibilities of Curating Design between Lilli Hollein, director of Vienna Design Week, and Guta Moura Guedes, co-founder and director of the experimentadesign festival in Lisbon, during miart 2014, the Milan contemporary art fair.
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A Conversation with Paola Antonelli
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
07 March 2014
To celebrate the publication of the US edition of "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life", Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, discussed the book and its themes with Alice with a specially invited audience at MoMA.
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Martino Gamper and Haim Steinbach
Serpentine Gallery. London
05 March 2014
To mark the opening of two exhibitions at the Serpentine Galleries - one by the designer-maker Martino Gamper, and the other by the artist Haim Steinbach - Alice moderated a conversation between them on their shared interest in objects, collecting and the rituals of display.
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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
University of Tallinn, Estonia
03 March 2014
How can design help us to improve our lives when we face dramatic changes of unprecedented speed and scale on so many other fronts? Alice explored these issues in a lecture at the University of Tallinn, organised by the British Council and the Estonia Design Centre.
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If You Build It, They Will Come
Tate Modern, London
10 February 2014
For the third and final If You Build It, They Will Come event organised by the Architecture Foundation at Tate Modern, Alice moderated a feisty discussion between the art and architecture critic Hal Foster and the architect Jacques Herzog on the future of museum architecture.
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2013

The Cathrine von Hauswolff Foundation
Stockholm, Sweden
16 November 2013
Cathrine von Hauswolff was a gifted Swedish design curator who died early this year. An award for design development has been founded in her memory to be given annually to someone who, like Cathrine, has championed design. Alice presented the inaugural award in Stockholm.
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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
15 November 2013
Alice addressed the central theme of Hello World by exploring how design has influenced our lives so far, and whether it can fulfill its potential to become an even richer and more powerful force in future at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in a talk organised by Svensk Form.
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The Bigger Picture
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
12 November 2013
The Bigger Picture is a unit at Central Saint Martins art and design school where students can explore different ways of seeing the world. Alice participated in a three-day series of workshops there by giving a lecture about the changing relationship between design and art.
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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
26 October 2013
At a time when advances in science and technology are accelerating and the environmental crisis is deepening, as is the gulf between rich and poor, designers face formidable challenges, which are key themes of "Hello World" and were discussed by Alice at the MCA in Sydney.
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Criticism in the digital age
Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, Australia
24 October 2013
Between the rise of new media and the shrinking of the old, cultural criticism is at a crossroads. Alice discussed the future of cultural criticism in the digital age in a panel held at the Wheeler Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Festival.
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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
RMIT University Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia
23 October 2013
As part of the Melbourne Festival of the Creative and Performing Arts, Alice gave a lecture on the central themes of "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life", focussing on the future of design and our relationship to it, at the RMIT University Design Hub in Melbourne.
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Art and design in the 1960s
Cheltenham Literature Festival
11 October 2013
The 1960s was a period when art, design, literature and other cultural disciplines were in a state of flux reflecting and provoking broader changes in society. Alice discussed the evolution of art and design during the 1960s in a debate at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
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Point Counter Point
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10 October 2013
Alice gave a keynote lecture at the 2013 ATypl conference in Amsterdam. The theme of the conference was Point Counter Point to reflect the diversity of ideas in the history of type, typography and communication design, and the challenges facing those disciplines.
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Where Design Meets Life
The White Building, London
01 October 2013
The White Building in Hackney Wick is London's new centre for art, technology and sustainability, and a place where artists can experiment with technology. Alice discussed "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life" there in conversation with the curator and writer Omar Kholeif.
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Design Salon with Studio Formafantasma
MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
29 September 2013
During Vienna Design Week, Alice participated in a Salon organised by the MAK, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna on the work of the Italian design group Studio Formafantasma with its co-founders Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin and the design gallerist Libby Sellers.
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Culture Now
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
20 September 2013
Alice discussed the scientific, technological, social, political and environmental challenges facing design and other themes of "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life" with Gregor Muir, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, as part of its Culture Now series.
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RSA Student Design Awards
Royal Society of Arts, London
18 September 2013
How is the role of design evolving? And the role of the designer? Alice explored these issues, central themes of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, in the keynote lecture at the launch of the 2013-14 Student Design Awards at the Royal Society of Arts in London.
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Wynkyn de Worde Society Lecture
The Art Workers' Guild, London
17 September 2013
Named after a journeyman who worked for William Caxton, the inventor of the printing press before becoming the first printer on London's Fleet Street, the Wynkyn de Worde Society invited Alice to give a lecture on the issues of communication design discussed in Hello World.
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INDEX: Design to Improve Life Awards
Elsinore, Denmark
29 August 2013
The INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award is the world's richest design prize, which gives €500,000 every two years to five projects that use design to enhance the quality of people's lives. Alice participated in the INDEX: 2013 award ceremony in the historic Danish city of Elsinore.
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Alvar Aalto Design Seminar
Jyväskylä, Finland
25 August 2013
The theme of the 7th International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar was New Wave as an homage to the Nouvelle Vague of auteur film makers that emerged in France during the 1950s. Alice's talk explored whether recent changes in design practise are producing a "new wave" in design.
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Designing a better world
Edinburgh International Book Festival
11 August 2013
Alice discussed one of the key themes of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, the douty challenge and exciting opportunity of "Designing a better world" at the Edinburgh International Books Festival. She was in conversation with the graphic designer, Janice Kirkpatrick
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Why Design Matters
The School of Life, London
24 July 2013
Design is an inescapable force in all of our lives, which has immense power to determine what we do, how we feel, and if we succeed or fail. Yet it is so often misinterpreted and trivialised. Alice discussed why design matters for the School of Life with the curator Beatrice Galilee.
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In My Fashion - Suzy Menkes
Christie's, South Kensington, London
11 July 2013
Alice participated in a discussion at Christie's in London with her colleague, Suzy Menkes, fashion director of the International Herald Tribune, who was to auction her collection of 1970s and 1980s fashion there, including pieces by Ossie Clark and Yves Saint Laurent.
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New Designers
Business Design Centre, London
26 June 2013
Alice gave the opening talk at the preview of New Designers 2013, the UK's largest annual showcase of the work of young designers. Several thousand design graduates participated in the 2013 version of the New Designers exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
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Discovering Design
Wired NextFest, Milan, Italy
01 June 2013
Wired NextFest is a giant free festival in the Giardini Indro Montanelli in Milan, which is devoted to new and future directions in technology and design. The festival is organised by Wired Italia magazine, and Alice was in conversation with its editor-in-chief, Carlo Antonelli.
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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
Hay Festival, Hay on Wye
25 May 2013
Alice discussed her book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life at the opening weekend of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in conversation with the broadcaster Suzy Klein. She explored how our lives can be affected by changes in our perceptions of design.
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Design and Art: A conversation with Charles Saumarez Smith
Charleston Festival, Lewes, East Sussex
19 May 2013
What are the roles of design and art? How has their relationship evolved? Alice discussed these issues with Charles Saumarez Smith, chief executive of the Royal Academy, at the Charleston Festival held on the Sussex farm which was a meeting place for the Bloomsbury Group.
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Why design is not - and should not be confused with - art
Whitechapel Gallery, London
16 May 2013
The constantly changing, often problematic relationship between design and art is an important theme of Alice's new book "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life". She addressed their evolving roles in conversation with the design historian Emily King at the Whitechapel Gallery.
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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
Bristol Festival of Ideas
11 May 2013
Alice is to participate in the Bristol Festival of Ideas by giving a talk at the Spike Island art centre on the key themes of her recently published book "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life". The talk will explore the changing impact of design on our lives now and in the future.
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Where Design Meets Life
Cheltenham Design Festival
14 April 2013
The Cheltenham Design Festival is a four-day annual festival of talks, debates and workshops on design. Alice spoke there with MoMA New York design curator Paola Antonelli on the central themes of "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life" and design's changing role in our lives.
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Design and Society
Royal Society of Arts, London
18 March 2013
Alice gave the inaugural Tindale Lecture, celebrating the work of the late Patricia Tindale, the first and last Chief Architect of the Department of Environment, at the Royal Society of Arts. The lecture explored an important theme of "Hello World" - design and its social responsibilities.
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Bath Literature Festival
Masonic Hall, Bath
09 March 2013
Alice is to discuss her new book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life at the Bath Literature Festival. Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives - for better and worse. We can not escape it, even if we wish to. Hello World explores design's impact on us - past, present and future.
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Conversation with Richard Sennett
The School of Life, London
15 January 2013
Cooperation is the theme of Together, the critically acclaimed book by Richard Sennett, professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and at New York University. Alice discussed the issues raised by Together and his previous book The Craftsman with Sennett.
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2012

Liberatum Berlin
Berlin, Germany
01 December 2012
How has the internet influenced design? Alice is to explore this theme in a talk at the Liberatum festival in Berlin. How has the internet changed design practice - both in terms of the process and the range of work undertaken by designers - and our own relationship to design?
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Conversation with Stephen Jones
The Miu Miu, London
29 November 2012
Stephen Jones is one of the most gifted and original hat designers of our time. Alice talked to him about how he has modernised the hat and his collaborations with Raf Simons, Giles Deacon, Marc Jacobs and Rei Kawakubo at The Miu Miu, a pop-up club at the Café Royal in London.
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Venice Architecture Biennale Roundtable
La Biennale, Venice Italy
24 November 2012
The theme of this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, directed by the architect David Chipperfield, is Common Ground. On the closing weekend of the Biennale, Alice participated in a round table debate organised by David Chipperfield to discuss the issues raised.
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George Nelson Symposium
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
09 November 2012
To coincide with a retrospective of the work of the mid-20th century US architect and designer George Nelson, the Yale School of Architecture is to stage a symposium on his work and influence on 9 and 10 November. Alice will be participating in the symposium and giving the closing talk.
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Serpentine Gallery Marathon
Serpentine Gallery, London
14 October 2012
Every year the Serpentine Gallery stages a weekend marathon of talks and debates at the end of Frieze Week. This year's theme was memory as an homage to the Serpentine Pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. Alice spoke about memory and design.
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Beijing Design Forum
Park Hyatt, Beijing, China
29 September 2012
Alice moderated two debates - the first on design and culture, and the second on design and transportation - at the New York Times Beijing Design Forum during Beijing Design Week. The speakers included Michael Lynch on Culture and Carlo Ratti on Transportation.
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Aleksandra Mir's Triumph
South London Gallery, London
12 September 2012
Alice was in conversation with the artist Aleksandra Mir at the South London Gallery to discuss Triumph, a collection of some 2,529 trophies that she collected during the course of a year in Palermo, Sicily. Triumph was exhibited at the South London Gallery during the summer.
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Conversation with Irma Boom
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
23 August 2012
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is to re-open in spring 2013 after ten years of restoration with a new visual identity developed by the Dutch designer Irma Boom. Alice discussed the project and wider developments in museum identities with Irma Boom at the Rijksmuseum.
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Why We Write?
London College of Communications, London
04 July 2012
Alice gave the keynote lecture at Why We Write?, a biennial event organised by the London College of Communications' MA Design Writing Criticism course. She addressed both her personal reasons for writing about design, and the collective benefits of doing so.
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7 Kinds of Happiness: Design and Emotion
Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia
14 May 2012
Design's role with regard to personal happiness and our collective wellbeing was the theme of Alice's keynote lecture at the 7 Kinds of Happiness: Conversations on Design and Emotion organised by the Office for Good Design during the DesignEx exhibition in Sydney.
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The Book in the Digital Age
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
07 February 2012
Alice gave a talk on The Book in the Digital Age at the opening of an exhibition on The Printed Book: A Visual History at the University of Amsterdam. The talk described how design ingenuity can give books a valuable and distinctive role in the digital era alongside newer media.
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2011

Aga Khan Architecture Award
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
18 November 2011
The Aga Khan Foundation liaised with the Architecture Foundation to host a debate on the Aga Khan Architecture Award at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Alice participated as a member of the award jury with architects Farshid Moussavi and Mohsen Mostafavi.
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Serpentine Gallery Marathon
Serpentine Gallery, London
15 October 2011
Every year the Serpentine Gallery organises a two day marathon of talks during the Frieze Art Fair. The theme of the 2011 Marathon was "The Garden" inspired by the pavilion designed for the Serpentine by Peter Zumthor. Alice moderated the design talks at the Garden Marathon.
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Maharam at MoMA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
19 September 2011
Alice discussed developments in communication design and the issues which will determine its future in a conversation at the Museum of Modern Art, New York with Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at the museum in an event organised by Maharam.
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Independence matters
Danish Design Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
05 September 2011
At a time of growing interest in design's potential to develop new solutions to seemingly intractable social problems, the Danish Design Center explored the rapidly expanding field of socially responsible design in the Independence Matters conference chaired by Alice.
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Ignite: Just Tell The Truth
Royal Opera House, London
03 September 2011
The film maker Mike Figgis curated Ignite, a three-day arts festival at the Royal Opera House exploring the theme Just Tell The Truth. Alice co-hosted the Ignite talks programme with Mike featuring Hans Ulrich Obrist, Alber Elbaz, Richard Wentworth, Vincent Walsh and Peter Blake.
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BAFTA Dressed by Design: Colleen Attwood
Somerset House, London
03 August 2011
As part of BAFTA's Behind the Screen talks accompanying the outdoor summer screenings at Somerset House, Alice moderated a discussion on costume design with the multiple Oscar-winning designer Colleen Attwood, who has designed costumes for over 50 films.
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Ferran Adria and elBulli Foundation
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
27 June 2011
Alice participated in a roundtable discussion on food, art and innovation as part of a programme of events exploring the Spanish chef Ferran Adria of elBulli's plans for the elBulli Foundation at Moderna Museet in Stockholm moderated by Daniel Birnbaum and Jan Aman.
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Life is Space
Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin, Germany
17 June 2011
Every year Olafur Eliasson invites 70 people from different disciplines to participate in Life is Space, a day of experiments at his studio in Berlin. Alice was a participant in Life is Space 2011, which included experiments with food, movement, observation, light and tickling.
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Visions of the future city - Anticitta
FESTARCH, Perugia, Italy
05 June 2011
The future of the city and how the phenomenon of Anticitta, or the "anti-city", is changing the city from within are the themes of FESTARCH, the international architecture festival founded by Stefano Boeri in Sardinia. Alice is to speak at the third edition of FESTARCH in Perugia.
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BAFTA Tribute to Ken Adam
Royal Institute of British Architects, London
04 April 2011
BAFTA, alias the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, hosted an tribute to the brilliant film production designer Ken Adam to celebrate his 90th birthday. Alice made a joint tribute to Adam with Julia Peyton-Jones. Their fellow speakers included Roger Moore and Anouk Aimee.
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Annual SVA MFA Design Fellowship Lecture
School of Visual Arts, New York, USA
30 March 2011
Alice discussed her work as a design critic and emerging issues in design in the Annual SVA MFA Design Fellowship Lecture at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She described how her work has evolved to reflect broader changes in design, technology and the media.
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Femme Fatale - Women of the World
Royal Festival Hall, London
12 March 2011
The South Bank Centre celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day with the first of the WOW - Women of the World festivals. Alice discussed how women's identities are reflected in what they wear with Linda Grant, Kathy Lette, Louise Chunn and Maggie Semple.
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The Future of Design
Design Wave, Berlin, Germany
20 January 2011
How can designers help to build a sustainable future? Make the world more inclusive? Regenerate economic growth to create a fairer society? Turn advances in science and technology to our advantage? Alice is to address these issues at the Design Wave symposium in Berlin.
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2010

I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I Want To Be There
Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
18 December 2010
I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I Want To Be There is the title of a Graphic Design Museum Breda symposium on the ever-expanding definition of graphic design. Alice gave a keynote speech - by Skype as she was snowbound in London - on changes in design in general.
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World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda
Dubai, UAE
29 November 2010
Alice participated in the World Economic Forum's annual Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai. The summit identified the issues to be discussed at the WEF's Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos. Alice attended as a member of the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Design.
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Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar, Doha
24 November 2010
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to architectural projects that enhance the understanding of the Islamic world. Alice was a member of the master jury for the 2010 Award, which was announced at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
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The New Aesthetics and Ecological Urbanism
Beijing University, China
30 October 2010
Alice delivered a keynote lecture on the future of sustainable design at The New Aesthetics and Ecological Urbanism Conference at Beijing University. The speech explored the growing importance of sustainable design, as well as future challenges and opportunities.
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Dialogue with Designers - Marc Newson
92nd Street Y, New York, USA
16 September 2010
To coincide with the opening of an exhibition of new projects, including his interpretation of Riva's famous Aquarama and Aquariva speedboats, at Gagosian Gallery in New York, Marc Newson staged a dialogue with Alice as part of the public lecture program of the 92nd Street Y.
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Design Thinking
Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
10 September 2010
What is design thinking? When is it likeliest to succeed? And fail? How should it be implemented? How will it evolve in the future? These and other issues were addressed in a symposium on design thinking, which was chaired by Alice at the Danish Design Center in Copenhagen.
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Art, Architecture and the new Whitechapel
Whitechapel Gallery, London
21 July 2010
How have architects responded to modern and contemporary art? And how have their responses evolved over the years. Alice addressed these themes and their relationship to the design of the new Whitechapel Gallery in a talk at the American Institute of Architects' Summer Gala.
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Talking Design - Frank Stephenson
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
09 July 2010
Having designed two of the most successful new cars of recent years, the new Mini and Fiat 500, the American designer, Frank Stephenson, is now developing luxury sports cars for McLaren, the Formula 1 racing group. He discusses his work with Alice in Talking Design at the V&A.
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Global Redesign Summit
Doha, Qatar
30 May 2010
The World Economic Forum pursued its Global Redesign project to reconstruct the global economy at a special summit in Doha. Alice attended as a member of the forum's Global Agenda Council on Design to discuss how design and design thinking can contribute to the project.
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Cumulus Design Conference
Genk, Belgium
26 May 2010
The future of design was the theme of Alice's keynote speech at the Cumulus Design Conference in Genk. Among the topics explored were the challenges and possibilities of rapidly expanding fields such as design thinking, social design, critical design and open source design.
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Talking Design - Alasdhair Willis
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
18 May 2010
Established & Sons has become a dynamic force in British design by commissioning iconoclastic pieces from designers such as Jasper Morrison, Zaha Hadid, Maarten Baas and the Bouroullec brothers. Alice discussed its development with co-founder, Alasdhair Willis.
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Design Trial - Chairless
La Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy
15 April 2010
Every year at the Milan Furniture Fair, Abitare puts a new product on Design Trial. This time, it was Chairless. Designed by Alejandro Aravena for Vitra, it is a skinny textile strap that supports your back and legs while you are seated on the floor. Alice played the role of public prosecutor.
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Design Talk - Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago, USA
23 March 2010
What can design offer us now, and in the future? How can it help to tackle the urgent issues of our time, from the environmental crisis and recession, to global poverty? Alice discussed these issues at the Art Institute of Chicago in conversation with its design curator, Zoe Ryan.
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Good Design Can Save The Planet
Ecobuild, London
03 March 2010
How can designers help us to live more responsibly - ethically and environmentally? Alice explored the challenges and opportunities of sustainable design at the Ecobuild conference. How are designers responding? What problems do they face? How can they be resolved?
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Decode - John Maeda
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
02 February 2010
One of the world's most influential digital artists and software designers, John Maeda, discussed the evolution of his work with Alice in a talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the Decode: Digital Design Sensations exhibition on the development of digital design.
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World Economic Forum 2010
Davos, Switzerland
27 January 2010
For the third successive year, Alice spoke at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. She moderated thee debates during Davos 2010 - on sustainable design, the future of design and a Yale Ideas Lab - as well as speaking at a session on the principles of design.
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2009

Talking Design - Graphic Thought Facility
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
08 December 2009
In the quarterly Talking Design series chaired by Alice at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she was in conversation with Paul Neale, Huw Morgan and Andy Stephens of Graphic Thought Facility, one of the most innovative and influential graphic design teams working today.
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The next promise of design
Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
29 November 2009
The most prestigious design award in the Netherlands, the biennial Rotterdam Design Prize is awarded to the Dutch designer who has produced the most inspiring work of the past two years. Alice gave the opening speech at the award ceremony in the Boijmans Museum.
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Konstantin Grcic
Serpentine Gallery, London
26 November 2009
Alice was in conversation with the acclaimed German designer, Konstantin Grcic, to coincide with the opening of his exhibition, Design Real, at the Serpentine Gallery in London. They discussed the development of Design Real and its vision of industrial design.
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World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda
Dubai, UAE
20 November 2009
Alice participated in the World Economic Forum's Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai. The summit identified the issues which are to be discussed at the WEF's Annual Meeting 2010 in Davos. Alice attended as a member of the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Design.
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The Future of Design
Architectural Association, London
27 October 2009
Alice is to discuss the future of design, and how the 20th century model is being redefined for the 21st century, at the Architectural Association in London. She will be in conversation with the curator and critic, Shumon Basar, co-director of the Architectural Association's Cultural Programme.
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Talking Design - Yves Behar
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
24 September 2009
During the London Design Festival, Alice was in conversation with Yves Behar as part of the Talking Design series at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Based in San Francisco, Behar has designed an electric motorcycle as well as the computer for the One Laptop Per Child project.
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Back to the Future of Design
Lisbon, Portugal
12 September 2009
Alice chaired a debate at the Experimenta Design Biennial in Lisbon on Back to the Future of Design. Programmer Ben Fry, architect Lindy Roy and curator Joseph Grima each identified one neglected development in design history and two themes that will define design in the future.
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Designing for Good
Copenhagen, Denmark
28 August 2009
Every year the INDEX prize is awarded in Copenhagen to celebrate the design project that has done the most to improve our quality of life. To celebrate the award, Alice moderated a discussion in which leading humanitarian designers will explore design's role in enhancing our lives.
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What is Good Design?
The School of Life, London
28 June 2009
At a time when the economic and environmental crises are deepening and social systems are breaking down, design is more important than ever. Alice delivered a Sunday Sermon at the School of Life on the need for a more intelligent, inclusive and fluid approach to design .
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Architecture and Art: Crossover and Collaboration
Tate Modern, London
22 June 2009
Alice chaired a conversation at Tate Modern on the interplay between art and architecture with the British architect, Jamie Fobert, and the Scandinavian artists, Elmgreen and Dragset. The debate was part of a series of discussions organised by the Architecture Foundation.
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Talking Design - Tim Brown
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
15 May 2009
This installment of the quarterly Talking Design series, chaired by Alice at the Victoria and Albert Museum, featured Tim Brown, ceo of IDEO, one of the world's most influential design groups. Tim discussed IDEO's work in redefining industrial design and in pioneering service design.
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Design in Crisis
Milan, Italy
23 April 2009
Design in Crisis was the theme of the Design Domino organised by Abitare magazine during the Milan Furniture Fair. Alice addressed the theme in a one-question-one-answer game with speakers including Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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Objectified
Chelsea Cinema, London
16 April 2009
To celebrate the first London screening of Objectified, Gary Hustwit's documentary feature on industrial design and its impact on our lives, Alice participated in a discussion at the Chelsea Cinema with the designer, Marc Newson, and Jonathan Ive, head of design at Apple.
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The Glass House Conversation
New Canaan, USA
27 February 2009
The Glass House Conversations are inspired by the debates staged by Philip Johnson at his New Canaan home, one of the most famous houses of the 20th century. Alice was one of ten people who participated in the Glass House Conversation on Procession and Seduction.
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Talking Design - Tom Dixon
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
13 February 2009
As part of Talking Design, the quarterly series of conversations with designers that Alice is conducting at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, she was in discussion with Tom Dixon, one of the most influential product and furniture designers working in Britain today.
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World Economic Forum 2009
Davos, Switzerland
28 January 2009
Alice spoke at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The theme of this year's meeting was Shaping the Post-Crisis World. Alice moderated sessions on humanitarian design, changing concepts of good design and sustainable consumption.
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2008

Talking Design - BarberOsgerby
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
12 December 2008
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are among Britain's most accomplished and prolific furniture designers, developing elegant, witty and technically ingenious products for Cappellini, Established & Sons and Flos. They discussed their work with Alice at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Jurgen Bey
Somerset House, London
11 December 2008
Wouldn't it be nice... Wishful thinking in art and design was an exhibition at Somerset House in London that explores the blurring boundaries between art and design. Alice interviewed the Dutch designer, Jurgen Bey, about the evolution of his work and his contribution to the show.
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World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda
Dubai, UAE
06 November 2008
Alice participated in the first Summit on the Global Agenda organised by the World Economic Forum in Dubai. The summit was convened by the WEF to plan the agenda of its Annual Meeting 2009 in Davos. Alice attended as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Design.
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Summer Davos - Annual Meeting of the New Champions
Tianjin, China
25 September 2008
Alice spoke at "Summer Davos", the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which was organised by the World Economic Forum in the Chinese city of Tianjin to stimulate investment and innovation in emerging cities and regions. The theme was the "Next Wave of Growth".
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Talking Design - Peter Saville
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
19 September 2008
One of the most influential image makers of our time, Peter Saville designed iconic artwork for Joy Division and New Order at Factory Records in the 1980s and 1990s, and is now creative director of the city of Manchester. He talked with Alice at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Hayward 40th Anniversary Talk
Hayward Gallery, London
01 July 2008
The Hayward Gallery celebrated its 40th anniversary - and the London Architecture Festival - with a debate on its building's contribution to gallery architecture. Alice joined artist Antony Gormley and architect Dennis Crompton on a panel chaired by urban theorist Ricky Burdett.
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Flexibility - Design in a Fast-Changing Society
Turin, Italy
28 June 2008
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Flexibility - Design in a Fast-Changing Society at Ex-Carceri Le Nuove in Turin, Alice co-chaired a debate on the same theme with the exhibition's curator, Guta Moura-Guedes. The debate was part of Turin 2008 World Design Capital.
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Forum on Creativity
Stockholm, Sweden
17 May 2008
Alice chaired the biennial Forum on Creativity at the Konstfack University of the Arts, Crafts and Design in Sweden. Leading designers, including Ilse Crawford and Henrik Otto of Electrolux, discussed the theme: Does Creativity Beat Strategy or Strategy Beat Creativity?
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V&A Designer Conversation - Thomas Heatherwick
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
16 May 2008
In the second Designer Conversation at the V&A, Alice is to talk to the maverick designer-sculptor-engineer, Thomas Heatherwick, about his work, which ranges from the ingenious rolling bridge at Paddington Basin and spectacular sculptures, to a Buddhist monastery.
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The Lodger
National Film Theatre, London
13 May 2008
Alfred Hitchcock's first thriller, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, was screened at the BFI Southbank NFT 1 during the Fashion in Film Festival. Alice introduced the 1927 silent film, the story of a mass murderer who always struck on Tuesdays and always killed blondes.
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Modern - Belgrade Design Week
Belgrade, Serbia
08 May 2008
The theme of Belgrade Design Week 2008 is Modern. Alice is one of a group of international speakers who will explore the condition of design today after nearly a century of modernism. They will also which values design should - and shouldn't - take forward into the future.
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Abbott Miller
Central Saint Martins. London
28 April 2008
The graphic designer, Abbott Miller, discussed his work at Central Saint Martins in London in a talk moderated by Alice. A partner of the Pentagram design group in New York, Miller designs exhibitions, magazines and books for cultural institutions throughout the US.
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Contemporary Art Day
Osterley Park, London
26 March 2008
Alice chaired the Contemporary Art Day, an event organised in collaboration by Arts Council England with the National Trust, to encourage historic houses to exhibit contemporary arts and crafts. It was held at Osterley Park, an 18th century house designed by Robert Adam.
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V+A Talking Design - Marc Newson
Victoria + Albert Museum, London
01 February 2008
Alice began a quarterly series of Talking Design talks at the V+A with a discussion with the designer Marc Newson. One of the world's most influential industrial designers, thanks to his work for Qantas and Ford, Newson is also the reigning star of the "design-art market.
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World Economic Forum 2008
Davos, Switzerland
23 January 2008
At the World Economic Forum 2008 in Davos, Alice spoke at three sessions in the Values and Society programme. The theme of that programme is Understanding Future Shifts. She addressed the theme with reference to how changes in design will shape our lives in future.
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2007

The Turner Prize
Tate Britain, London
02 November 2007
Tate Britain staged a debate on the Turner Prize and its impact on the visual arts. Alice, who was a member of the Turner Prize jury in 1999, participated in the debate, which coincided with a Tate Britain exhibition exploring the history of the prize, The Turner Prize: A Retrospective.
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Double Face
Geneva, Switzerland
27 October 2007
Double Face was a colloquium on the evolving relationship between art and design organised by the Geneva University of Art and Design and Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva. It coincided with the opening of the exhibition Wouldn't it be nice...Wishful thinking in art and design.
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The Expanded Gallery
Frieze Art Fair, London
11 October 2007
Design and film have invaded traditional art spaces, but do they add cultural value, or are they simply expensive commodities? Alice chaired a debate on this at the Frieze Art Fair with the artist Francesco Vezzoli, curator Emily King, and designers, Peter Saville and Marc Newson.
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Stay forever and ever and ever
South London Gallery, London
24 June 2007
Andrew Renton, curator of the Stay forever and ever and ever exhibition at the South London Gallery, conducted a series of informal conversations with artists and critics on objects and memory during the afternoon of 24 June 2007. His conversation with Alice started at 4pm.
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Designing the $100 laptop
Basel, Switzerland
13 June 2007
Alice was in conversation with Yves Béhar, a designer of the XO1 $100 laptop, at Design Miami-Basel during the Art Basel art fair. Initiated by One Laptop Per Child, the $100 laptop is intended to transform the educational prospects of children throughout the developing world.
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International Design Forum
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
27 May 2007
The International Design Forum in Dubai is intended to improve the understanding of design and its potential to determine the future of the Arab region in terms of business opportunities, culture, politics and the environment. Alice chaired a discussion on Luxury and Design.
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Does Architecture Matter?
Southbank Centre, London
16 March 2007
As part of the Hayward Gallery's 100 Ideas series, Alice chaired a debate on Does Architecture Matter? with philosopher Alain de Botton, urban theorist Ricky Burdett, social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam, architect Jamie Fobert and Alejandro Zaera Polo of Foreign Office Architects.
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The Rise of the London Art Market
Tate Britain, London
09 February 2007
During Tate Britain's symposium on The Rise of the London Art Market, Alice chaired a discussion on The Frieze Effect with the art critic Louisa Buck, Georgina Adam of The Art Newspaper and Matthew Slotover, publisher of Frieze magazine and director of the Frieze Art Fair.
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2006

Good Taste, Bad Taste
Frieze Art Fair, London
12 October 2006
At the Frieze Art Fair 2006, Alice chaired a debate on Good Taste, Bad Taste? with Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum Harlem; the editor of Rolling Stone Italia, Carlo Antonelli; the writer and art critic Tirdad Zolghadar; and the clinical psychologist Darian Leader.
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Conversation with M-M (Paris)
Tate Modern, London
14 September 2006
Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M-M (Paris) are among Europe's most influential graphic designers. Alice moderated a discussion with them at Tate Modern to coincide with an exhibition designed by M-M of the work of the French artist Pierre Huyghe.
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My Kind of Town
Venice Architecture Biennale
09 September 2006
During the Venice Architecture Biennale, Alice chaired a debate organised by the British Council on My Kind of Town with philosopher Alain de Botton, developer Nick Johnson, writer and critic Sukhdev Sandhu and the architects, David Chipperfield and Rem Koolhaas.
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Francesco Vezzoli - Marlene Redux
Tate Modern, London
02 June 2006
Following the world premiere of Francesco Vezzoli's film, Marlene Redux: A True Hollywood Story (Part One), Alice participated in a discussion at Tate Modern with Tate curator, Achim Borchardt-Hume, art critic Tom Holert and the Whitney Museum curator, Chrissie Iles.
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Conversation with Barbara Kruger
Whitechapel Gallery, London
11 April 2006
The US artist Barbara Kruger was in conversation with Alice at the Whitechapel Gallery to discuss the evolution of her work and her film, Twelve. Made in 2004, Twelve was Kruger's contribution to the Whitechapel's A Short History of Performance IV season.
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Laszlo Moholy-Nagy's influence on design
Tate Modern, London
13 March 2006
As a designer, art director, teacher and writer, László Moholy-Nagy pioneered many of the theories and forms of practise that have since defined modern design. Alice discussed his enduring influence during Tate Modern's From the Bauhaus to the New World exhibition.
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