The Arcade at Bush House, 30 Aldwych, King's College London 21 November 2017 – 26 January 2018
You are invited to help build the city of Nowville – an evolving miniature metropolis that will play out your utopian dreams. Come and sign up as a citizen and move your tiny avatar through the city’s streets, ride its railway and project your fantasies on the cities glowing billboards.
Nowville is an evolving interactive sculpture that will tell the story of a future city, building on and embellishing the vision of King’s staff and students at The Arcade, Bush House. Beginning as a blank canvas of a paper model city, this silent metropolis – empty apart from rows of ghostly buildings, blank billboards and winding streets, will be transformed into a collective vision of the future.
Get updates from Nowville on Twitter and Instagram #NowvilleKings
Join the Nowville Citizens group on Facebook.
Drop in to one of the four Nowville Conventions taking place in The Arcade at Bush House, between 12pm and 3pm, to assist in the development of Nowville:
Friday 26 Jan – TIME CAPSULE with Jenny Leonard Art
Work with talented artist Jenny Leonard to fill a time capsule, by using paints, words and postcards to create colourful visual stories that capture the essence of the city.
This workshop has been commissioned by the Cultural Champions, a group of students who work with Cultural King’s to enhance the university's cultural activities for students.
Thursday 30 November – The opening of Nowville parliament
This was the first day of Nowville and the convention opened a forum on how we will run the city with Paddy Roberts, co-founder of Grow Heathrow and campaigner for radical utopian community building in real life.
Thursday 7 December – The day that money came to town
The second Nowville convention decided what, if any, currency we use in the city and on what the economy should run – gold, good intentions? Hosted by Andrew Simms, author of Tescopoly and Cancel the Apocalypse. In his new book We Are More Than This: Evidence from a Better World, Andrew imagines a world where a better way of life is already the norm.
Tuesday 16 January – Silicon Quarry
Our technology: The battle between miniature man and miniature machine. Who will control whom? William Drew is a writer and games designer who is an associate at Coney and Head of Experience for HiddenCity. Drew makes work at the intersection between live performance and gaming.
Tuesday 23 January – How will we be remembered?
Our language and legacy: What does the culture we made in miniature say about us? How do we tell our tales? What is our impact?
Ruth Potts is a co-founder of bread, print & roses a collective engaged in anarchist baking, seditious pamphleteering and radical walks. She teaches ecological design thinking at Schumacher College.
About The Arcade at Bush House
Nowville is part of World Futures on until 27 January in The Arcade.
The Arcade at Bush House, which opened in September 2017, is part of the King's Cultural Quarter, and is home to a varied programme of events, installations and exhibitions, offering a forum where students, the academic community and the public can engage with each other, as well as with artists and cultural partners. Also home to a welcoming café and the KCLSU Shop, The Arcade offers a direct connection with research and collaborative activity taking place across the university, and provides a new space on the Strand for conversation, reflection and engagement.
Nowville is an Anagram project commissioned by Cultural Programming at King’s College London as part of World Futures – Change is the only constant value on display until 26 January 2018.