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Science on Screen’s back at the Barbican

SEEN loves the Barbican and cinema, and this autumn sees an exciting new collaboration. Beginning 8th September, Barbican Cinemas continues its partnership with the London Mathematical Laboratory with Science on Screen, a series of films exploring the rich terrain of science and cinema.

SEEN loves the Barbican and cinema, and this autumn sees an exciting new collaboration. Beginning 8th September, Barbican Cinemas continues its partnership with the London Mathematical Laboratory with Science on Screen, a series of films exploring the rich terrain of science and cinema.

Three notable figures from science and medicine introduce their favourite films, making unexpected connections that show how scientific perspectives can shed light on artistic, cultural, and social issues. As the series unfolds, we will discover how science is a human endeavour as dependent on our creative impulses as any other. This season the Barbican will screen work from directors Darren Aronofsky, Ingmar Bergman and Stanley Kubrick.

The first film to be screened will be Aronofsky’s Pi, on Thursday, 8th September. It will be presented by Simon DeDeo, physicist turned cognitive scientist, and External Faculty Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and a Professor of Complex Systems at Indiana University, where he runs the Laboratory for Social Minds.

Simon DeDeo will explore humankind’s obsessive search for patterns, using Darren Aronofsky’s tale of mathematics, religious mysticism, and the financial markets of 90s New York, Pi. Sean Gullette stars in this claustrophobic thriller as a genius looking to numbers to find answers in the universe. Tormented and on the brink of insanity, he stumbles upon a mysterious number which may unlock patterns found in nature.

PI (US 1998) SEAN GULLETTE, BEN SHENKMAN
PI (US 1998) SEAN GULLETTE, BEN SHENKMAN
PI (US 1998) SEAN GULLETTE
PI (US 1998) SEAN GULLETTE

On Tuesday, 18th October, Geoffrey West will introduce e. A theoretical physicist whose interests run from fundamental biological questions to developing global sustainability, his research includes metabolism, ageing & death, ecosystems and innovation. He is Distinguished Professor of the Santa Fe Institute, Associate Fellow of Oxford University’s Martin School and Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College.

Here, Geoffrey West uses Ingmar Bergman’s great classic to explore the science of ageing and death and their role in the search for life’s ‘meaning’. On a road trip to receive the crowning honour of his career, a distinguished academic physician surrealistically looks back on life – his loves, psychological deceptions, achievements and the emptiness of his relationships with family and friends.

WILD STRAWBERRIES [SWEDEN 1957] VICTOR SEASTROM
WILD STRAWBERRIES [SWEDEN 1957] VICTOR SEASTROM
WILD STRAWBERRIES [SWEDEN 1957] VICTOR SEASTROM AND BIBI ANDERSSON
WILD STRAWBERRIES [SWEDEN 1957] VICTOR SEASTROM AND BIBI ANDERSSON
The third film to be screened on Tuesday, 6th December, will be Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing, introduced by Ron Dickman. The Killing is a graphic illustration of human chaos in the classic noir tradition: criminal mastermind, Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) constructs, with chronometric precision, a series of events that will wreak havoc at a race track, setting the scene for a flawless robbery. But greed, insecurity, and even the escape of a small poodle, derail these events, taking a chaotic and unpredictable turn for the worst.

The Killing will be presented by Ronald Dickman who, after years as a painter, turned to science, earning a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Texas in 1984. He was Professor of Physics at CUNY and is currently Professor of Physics at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Brazil. His principal research interests are statistical mechanics, thermodynamics and stochastic processes.

THE KILLING (US 1956) STERLING HAYDEN
THE KILLING (US 1956) STERLING HAYDEN
THE KILLING (US 1956) STERLING HAYDEN holding MARIE WINDSOR, with TED DE CORSIA
THE KILLING (US 1956) STERLING HAYDEN holding MARIE WINDSOR, with TED DE CORSIA
THE KILLING (US 1956) TED DE CORSIA, JOE SAWYER (above), ELISHA COOK JR, STERLING HAYDEN, JAY C FLIPPEN
THE KILLING (US 1956) TED DE CORSIA, JOE SAWYER (above), ELISHA COOK JR, STERLING HAYDEN, JAY C FLIPPEN

This promises to be a visual and fascinating exploration of the mysteries of science and its impact, good or bad, on humankind. SEEN will definitely be in attendance.

Science on Screen
Barbican Cinema,
Barbican Centre,
Silk Street,
London
EC2Y 8DS
0845 120 7527

www.barbican.org.uk