Events


Verdurin is a space for serious, engaged, and occasionally difficult conversations on vital aspects of today’s culture. We are committed to free expression and welcome diverse views. Our events will nurture debate without insisting that it leads to shallow agreement.

Our future events include screenings, lectures, and reading groups on topics such as conspiracy theory and non-contemporary art history, as well as artistic interventions.

  • Theory Underground: Tough on anti-intellectualism, tough on the causes of anti-intellectualism

    Theory Underground: Tough on anti-intellectualism, tough on the causes of anti-intellectualism

    24 May 2024

    American anti-intellectualism is rampant and spreading. Theory Underground’s European tour brings a cast of “American Idiots” to London as unofficial counter-ambassadors of this movement.  

  • What was Aesthetics?

    What was Aesthetics?

    29 May 2024  – 31 July 2024

    Long considered a moribund discipline, aesthetics has made a surprise comeback. In its current form, however, aesthetics has little to do with the Enlightenment notions on which it was originally based. This seminar led by Jacob Koster asks what aesthetics was before it was subjected to a radical critique since the mid-19th century.

  • What We May Also Do by Oliver Bennett

    What We May Also Do by Oliver Bennett

    July 2024

    A reading of a new play by Oliver Bennett exploring ideas of transference and authoritarianism, specifically written to accompany Anna Sebastian’s exhibition with which it shares its title.

  • The Psychoanalyst and The Artist

    The Psychoanalyst and The Artist

    12 June 2024

    New York psychoanalyst and author Jamieson Webster explores the relationship of art and psychoanalysis, with the artist’s studio and the analyst’s couch as sites of convergence.

  • Cinema Cruelty

    Cinema Cruelty

    Fortnightly

    A screening series exploring moral and social questions and examining cruelty, suffering, and evil in filmic artefacts chosen by members.