Restore Talks: James Bridle and Samuel Iliffe
Wednesday Jun 29, 2022 6:30 pm –
Thursday Jun 23, 2022 8:00 pm

The Design Museum, London

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Programmed to celebrate the Researchers in Residence: Restore exhibition, this event brings influential artist and writer James Bridle together with Samuel Iliffe, a Researcher in Residence at the Design Museum.

Building on James' mentorship of Samuel during his residency at the museum, this discussion will centre around themes such as designing with non-human life, the working relationship between artists and scientists and design's responses to the climate crisis.

In addition, the pair will discuss James' new book Ways of Being: Beyond Human Intelligence and Samuel’s design for a seaweed farm which aims to tackle water pollution across the UK.


James Bridle

James Bridle is a writer, artist and technologist. Their artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. Their writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. They are the author of New Dark Age (2018) and Ways of Being (2022), and they wrote and presented "New Ways of Seeing" for BBC Radio 4 in 2019.

Samuel Iliffe

Samuel's research is focused on the use of innovative materials and processes to address everyday problems, exploring the issue of phosphorus pollution in the UK’s freshwater bodies. He studied a double masters MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary University. In 2020 he was designer in residence at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in association with Algae Platform, a programme of Atelier Luma.