Thursday, 30 September 2010

This autumn at Treadwells

Coming talks, events and walks at Treadwells Bookshop
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30 September 10 (Thursday)
Interview with a Witch: Chris Crowley in Conversation
with Christina Oakley Harrington

06 October 10 (Wednesday)
Jung and the Occult: Was Jung a Mystic?
Gary Lachman

13 October 10 (Wednesday)
Alchemical Countdown: Number and Number Symbolism in Alchemy
Paul Cowlan

14 October 10 (Thursday)
Crowley's Amalantrah Working: Thelema, The Tao, and the New York Years
Gary Dickinson

26 October 10 (Tuesday)
Ghosts, Ghouls and Greasepaint: Guided Walk of Haunted Theatrical London
Deliane Forget, London Ghost Festival

28 October 10 (Thursday)
The Book in Western Art: Symbol, Device, Allegory
Laura Miller

29 October 10 (Friday)
Through A Glass Darkly: Performance Inspired by Victorian Seances of the Fraudulent Mediums
The London Magician

19 November 10 (Friday)
Through A Glass Darkly: Performance Inspired by Victorian Seances of the Fraudulent Mediums
The London Magician

26 November 10 (Friday)
Through A Glass Darkly: Performance Inspired by Victorian Seances of the Fraudulent Mediums
The London Magician

18 December 10 (Saturday)
The Orishas in Cuba's Lukumi Tradition :
Martin Tsang (Egbado Lineage)

The Story of London Festival

The Story of London Festival is on from 1-10th October.

A series of events focusing on the theme of London's from its past to its future

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Camber Well Open Day

If you missed the last open day or are interested to see work in progress on the  there will be another open day to view the ancient well of Camberwell, the well that gives Camberwell its name.

Sunday 26th September 1pm to 4pm at 56a Grove Park, off Camberwell Grove, Camberwell SE5.  
 It is an on going archaeological dig and so far the sides of the well are beginning to emerge. As Roman coins were reputed to have been found at the bottom of the well, it is likely to be two thousand years old or earlier.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Musical River Robots

Water Music by Karl-Heinz Jeron

Thursday 30.Sept.2010 6-9pm

Location: Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment, between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridge, London, SE1 7TP

Tank takes to the Thames as a chorus of robots perform Händel’s Water Music on a river boat.

20 tiny self developed robots improvise over themes from the Water Music by Georg Friedrich Händel. The Water Music is one of the greatest hits in Baroque music and consists of three suites. In 1717, Händel shook the London music scene when on a boat trip on the river Thames, he delighted the king with his 2nd Suite. “Our Händel”, as the English called their favourite composer at the time, had delivered another smash hit. One could rely on the Elton John of the Baroque age.

The robot orchestra will contemporarily reenact the historical performance on a river boat. With electronic bleeps and baroque choreography the robot orchestra will revitalize the probably best known suite of the Water Music, Suite No. 2, in D Mayor. Following the permiere on the Thames, the concert will take place on a boat. Some of the robots will improvise within the scope of Händel‘s composition, with the help of Euler‘s music theory. Euler (1707-1783) is a contemporary of Händel.

The methods described in Leonhard Eulers essay “Tentamen novae theoriae musicae” from 1739 set up the foundation for the improviations of the robot orchestra. In his music theory Euler describes mathematical methods for concord and dissonance problems. Eulers music therory suits well here, because there the ratio of frequency intervals play a major role. The robot orchestra uses the musical score of the Petrucci Music Library.

The performance will take place on the deck of Tamesis Dock, an old 1930's Dutch barge overlooking the Tate Britain and Westminster. Previously known as the Mary Rose it is now a bar and restaurant.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Tuesday 21 September Anti-Matters curated by

Richard Thomas (Resonance FM) an evening of talks about

negation, negative space, negative aesthetics, trash culture and anti-matter, including:

SHREDS – Stewart Home discusses anti-art, auto-destructive art and shreds books in an homage to John


The Psychoanalysis of Trash – Ken Hollings gives a lecture on how Ludwig II of Bavaria and Michael

Jackson, Elvis Presley and Big Daddy Roth, Morris Lapidus and Kenneth Anger can never be recycled.

Sewer Side – Anthropologist and broadcaster Bruno Rinvolucri (University of Oxford) has spent the last

two years exploring London’s sewer system, a subterranean negative space if ever there was one.

Destruction and Negative Space – Curator Mathieu Copeland discusses auto-destructive art, and art

and voids.

Anti-Matter – Dr.Ed Gerstner, physicist and the editor

GOTHIC NIGHT II with Christopher fowler


Friday 29 October 2010 7pm-9.30pm £8 / £6.50 Includes glass of wine
London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB
To Book : Call on 020 7332 3851 Enquiries:

Join CHRIS FOWLER, author of the Bryant and May Mysteries including The Water Room and Off The Rails, for an evening of strangeness and curiosity.
His stories are set in London, past and present. In some Chris has plunged the depths of the archives to delve deep into the city's sewers, drains and tunnels.

The evening includes:
Chris reading from his work / Q&A.
An introduction to some fascinating material from the archives.
Entertaining interludes relating to the 'Down Below' theme.
Behind the scenes tour.
Part of Archives Awareness Campaign 2010—’Discovery’ — Archives in Science, Technology and Medicine

Chris lives and works in London, where he is best known for his dark urban fiction. His books all contain elements of black comedy, anxiety and social satire.
As well as novels, Chris writes short stories, scripts, press articles and reviews. He has written several new pieces involving London below, including a foreword to Subterranean London and a new short story called Down.... Visit

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit Invited Speaker Series

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit  Invited Speaker Series 2010/11
Department of Psychology , Goldsmiths, University of London

SEMINARS ARE HELD ON TUESDAYS AT 6:10 PM IN THE NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. All talks are open to staff, students and members of the public. Attendance is free and there is no need to book in advance.

For further information, visit  or contact Tamas Borbely.

12 Oct Jon Ronson

Writer and documentary filmmaker
The Men Who Stare at Goats and Other True Tales of Craziness at the Heart of Power

26 Oct Deborah Hyde
Writer and blogger
Demons and Nightmares: Why do People Believe in the Malign Supernatural?

9 Nov Dr Gustav Kuhn
Department of Psychology, Brunel University
The Science of Magic: How Magic Changes our Expectations About Autism

16 Nov Dr Simon Dein
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Medicine, UCL
A Messiah from the Dead: What Really Happens When Prophecy Fails

23 Nov Daniela Rudloff
Department of Psychology, University of Leicester
Mental ‘Short-Cuts’ – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

7 Dec Andy Lewis
Blogger and Developer of the Quackometer website
The Persistence of Delusion: Why do Some Alternative Medicines Thrive and Others Die?

Monday, 13 September 2010

Debate: What Is Time For Us?

Bigideas present: What Is Time For Us?
8pm Tuesday 28th September 2010
The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1DG

Do people of different cultures have different experiences of time? Is our relationship to the temporal very different from that of, say, the ancient Romans? Or are our experiences of space and time, as Kant thought, intuitive ideas necessary for human experience to exist at all? Is it possible to find evidence either way? Do these questions even make rigorous sense?

The discussion will be introduced by Dr Andrew Gardner, Lecturer in the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at UCL. Andrew has a special interest in theoretical issues raised by archaeology including questions of temporality. It should offer not only an opportunity to broach a deep philosophical question but also interesting insights into how contemporary archaeologists think about their discipline.

Sessions generally start with a question. Someone who has some relevant expertise gives a very brief, informal talk. After that a discussion develops in a free and unstructured manner. It's not a lecture, and it's not a debate; it's a pub argument, but unlike any you've had before.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Dark Mills Festival this weekend

Dark Mills Festival
London Free Festival of Gothic arts and alternative culture.
Two days of bands, plays, films, talks, seminars, art exhibitions, market and more

See website for timetable and details:

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Walk: Paul Raymond and the Birth of British Burlesque

The London Adventure presents it's first walk of the year. Contact Nick for more details if you require.


Presented by Paul Willetts

Saturday 25th September 2010, 3pm [moved from Sunday 12th]

Meet outside the front of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square.