The British Council is delighted to present British Scientists, a UK programme at the 7th Festival of Movies about Science and Technology 360°, organised by the Polytechnic Museum in partnership with Beat Films. The programme is a part of the UK-Russia Year of Science and Education 2017.
Every year, the festival showcases films about different scientific discoveries and new technologies changing the face of the modern world. Screenings are followed by panel discussions with international experts on film topics. The festival also includes keynote speeches by experts in science and technology, still to be announced.
This year’s UK programme will explore the symbiosis of science and art including: the search for a common language; how we communicate science in films; the future of science museums; and the popularisation of science, including the newest technologies, investigations and achievements.
More information about the festival’s programme, schedule and guest speakers - here.
All films will be shown in English with Russian subtitles. The panel discussion and lecture will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation in Russian.
- THE BUILDING AND OPERATION OF INDUSTRIAL MUSEUMS (1928)
22 October, 14.00, Multimedia Art Museum
The screening will be followed by panel discussion.
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As part of a discussion on the future of science museums, the Multimedia Art Museum will screen The Building and Operation of Industrial Museums. The film, which first screened in 1928, features a new musical score by French composer Jean-Philippe Calvin, written while he was composer in residence at the Science Museum in 2016. In a behind the scenes look at some of Europe’s largest museums, we see the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Arts and Trades in Paris, the German Museum in Munich and the Museum of Technology in Vienna as ideals to be emulated; but how much would we model our museums on them today?
The screening will be followed by panel discussion. The panel includes Professor Tim Boon, Head of Research and Public History at the Science Museum and curator of the festival’s UK programme; Anita van Mil, one of the Directors at Hopkins Van Mil: Creating Connections Ltd (HVM); and Ivan Bogantsev, Deputy Director of Educational Activities at the Polytechnic Museum.
The panel discussion will be chaired by Anna Trapkova – deputy director for reconstruction and development of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.
- SCIENTISTS ON THE SCREEN: THE FIRST FORTY YEARS (1960)
24 October, 19.00, 29 October 19.00
The Documentary Film Centre, Zubovskiy bul., 2
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Professor Tim Boon will screen a series of short films in Scientists on the Screen: the First Forty Years at the Documentary Film Centre. The screening will showcase science in cinema and on television from the 1920s – 1960s in a series of pioneering films from the British Film Institute and the BBC archives.
Percy Smith with Herons (c. 1920) features one of nature filmmaking's pioneers nursing a pair of chicks while Enough to Eat? (1936), a documentary on malnutrition, is one of the first ever 'social problem' films. Absolute Zero (1960) from Eye on Research, the first regular science series on television in the UK, is an outside broadcast from Oxford, featuring the physicist Nicholas Kurti. During the programme, made for the Royal Society’s 300th Anniversary, Kurti cools a sample to become the coldest thing in the universe. The film A Light in Nature (1960) was made for the same anniversary. Directed by Ramsay Short, this beautifully made prestige documentary is a global portrait of science in action.
- ADVENTURES IN NUMBERLAND, LECTURE BY ALLEX BELLOS
26 October, 20.30, Russian State Library
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Alex Bellos is a famous mathematics populariser, writer and television broadcaster from the UK. In this public lecture, Alex will share his research and explain how arithmetic patterns affect our behavior.
Alex has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University and is the author of best-selling books Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, Alex Through the Looking-Glass and Can You Solve My Problems? featuring 125 of the world’s best brainteasers from the last two millennia. Alex writes a weekly puzzle column in the Guardian online and often appears on the BBC talking about mathematics.
Formerly the Guardian’s South America correspondent, Alex is the author of Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life and Pelé, The Autobiography (2006) (as ghostwriter).
Alex’s love of numbers led him on a mission to find the world’s favourite number. In his entertaining talk, Alex will share the results of his survey and explain how arithmetic patterns influence behaviour. The talk will cover the history and relevance of prime numbers as well as ways of visualising them and other arithmetic progressions. Alex will also look at how pictures can illuminate mathematics, such as the Collatz conjecture, one of the most famous unsolved problems in mathematics.