THE ORDER OF TIME: ES DEVLIN from text written by CARLO ROVELLI read by BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

Sep 22 2018 18:30 - 21:15

Bold Tendencies, Floors 7-10, SE15 4TG London


We live in an age of wonderful science writing, and Carlo Rovelli's The Order of Time, is an example of the very best. Time is something we think we know about instinctively; here he shows how profoundly strange it really is  

—  Philip Pullman, CBE

Bold Tendencies is proud to announce the finale to our 12th summer programme. The Order of Time is a new commission to artist and designer Es Devlin who has worked with the text written by theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli and the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch to realise a monumental act of mediated reading, a spectacular live audio-filmic experience specially imagined for the rooftop of the car park at sunset on the closing day of Bold Tendencies 2018.

Taking its inspiration from Carlo Rovelli’s bestselling book, The Order of Time will transform the Peckham Observatory designed by young British architects Cooke Fawcett from its modest structural sensibility to a dazzling site of scientific discovery.

The Order of Time will combine the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch with an ambitious installation that draws from the hypnotic quality of Rovelli’s own reflections on the strange nature of time, being and transformation and from the firefly, whose bioluminescent life begins, evolves and ends across the course of a single day. The Order of Time also considers ‘the science of reading’, the long, wide aspect ratio of the car park offering up an ideal site for this special project.

The Order of Time will take place at 7:15 pm. The award-winning Multi-Story Orchestra will perform Haydn’s London Symphony The Clock and Short Ride in a Fast Machine, John Adams’ five minute masterpiece for 70 players at 7.55 pm and Bold Tendencies will host Carlo Rovelli and Es Devlin for a discussion of The Order of Time at 8.45 pm in our Straw Auditorium.  These events all require advance booking and have limited capacity.

Copies of The Order of Time will be available onsite on the day for the special price of £5. The Order of Time at Bold Tendencies is supported by Penguin Random House and Selfridges and realised in partnership with PRG Projects, Pell Frischmann and Cooke Fawcett.  

About Es Devlin Artist and designer Es Devlin creates immersive filmic sculptures which are frequently conceived as environments for performance in opera, concerts, dance and theatre. Her recent solo exhibitions include EGG at the XI Gallery in New York 2018, MASK at Somerset House 2018, Mirrormaze at Copeland Park, Peckham 2016; The Singing Tree at the V&A 2017; Room 2022 at Miami Art Basel 2017 and PoemPortraits at the Serpentine Gallery 2017. Her stage sculptures include collaborations with Beyonce, Kanye West, U2, The Weeknd, Adele, The Royal Opera House, The National Theatre and the London and Rio Olympic Ceremonies. She is the winner of numerous awards including three Olivier Awards, the 2017 London Design Medal and a UAL fellowship. Devlin was made OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List 2015.

About Carlo Rovelli Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique théorique in Marseille. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Reality Is Not What It Seems and The Order of Time are international bestsellers translated into forty-one languages.

About The Order of Time (London: Penguin Books, 2018) Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe. With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, art and philosophy, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery, inviting us to imagine a world where time is in us and we are not in time.

About Bold Tendencies The rooftop spaces at Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park are home to not-for-profit organisation Bold Tendencies which is unique in terms of the rich mix of what it does, and where and how it does it. For more than a decade Bold Tendencies has transformed its car park home with a programme of contemporary art, orchestral music (hosting the BBC Proms with The Multi-Story Orchestra in 2016 and 2017), opera and architectural projects including Frank’s Cafe and the Straw Auditorium designed by Practice Architecture, Simon Whybray’s pink staircase and Cooke Fawcett’s Peckham Observatory. Bold Tendencies animates its programme and the site for schools, families and the neighbourhood through standalone education and community initiatives that take culture and civic values seriously. With immersive public spaces and spectacular views across London, the project has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors so far and celebrates the free enjoyment of public space in the city. In the autumn of 2017 Southwark Council ended years of uncertainty, confirming Bold Tendencies’ future in the Car Park building with the offer of a new long-term lease.

About The Multi-Story Orchestra The Multi-Story Orchestra presents extraordinary performances in unexpected settings. Winners of a 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society award, the Orchestra has been celebrated as one of the most exciting ensembles to emerge in recent years and their 2016 BBC Proms debut performance was widely critically acclaimed: “joyous and expert music-making” ***** The Times. The Orchestra was started by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark. They have worked with their major partner Bold Tendencies since 2011, performing at Bold Tendencies’ home in Peckham on the disused top four floors of the municipal car park.  As well as orchestral and chamber concerts across the summer the Orchestra work with local schools and community groups in Peckham: "anyone who doubts the value of music education should get themselves down to this concrete jungle and watch its effects in action" The Telegraph. Beyond London, the Orchestra is expanding their work around the UK in Gloucester, East Riding and Birmingham thanks to partnerships with Orchestras Live and funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.

You can choose to pay either £5 of £10 for your ticket.
All our tickets are heavily subsidised, the £10 ticket contributes to support us to continue our work in Peckham.

The Order of Time Es Devlin from text written by Carlo Rovelli read by Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Multi-Story Orchestra: The Clock and Short Ride in a Fast Machine

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The Multi-Story Orchestra: The Clock and Short Ride in a Fast Machine Concession.

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Carlo Rovelli and Es Devlin in Conversation

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