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Talking Orwell

17 November, 2017 - 25 November, 2017

Talking Orwell takes its cue from Senate House, the inspiration for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Explore the venue to discover 3d-printed busts of Orwell himself which you can converse with using your smartphone, this playful digital installation offers a new way of engaging with the questions of how Orwell’s work – and Nineteen Eighty-Four in particular – has continuing resonances today.

Talking Orwell uses a new technology from Google – the ‘Physical Web’ – to connect objects and places to the internet. To get started, visit orwell.talesofthings.com for instructions on how to get set up.

Presented by the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis in collaboration with the School of Advanced Study, and with thanks to the Literary London Society and the Orwell Society.

No booking required. There are instructions on how to interact with the plinths here.

The installation comprises three plinths, situated:
1) Senate House reception
2) Top of the ceremonial staircase
3) Outside room 101 (first floor)


Please note the installation is not open Sunday 19 or Tuesday 21 November.
For event information, please contact Duncan Hay at d.hay@ucl.ac.uk.

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Television image CC BY 2.0 dailyinvention@flickr


17 November, 2017
25 November, 2017


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Institute for Advanced Study, the Literary London Society, the Orwell Society
Is booking required?
Television image CC BY 2.0 dailyinvention@flickr


Senate House
Malet Street
London, Greater London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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