What do cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actor Alfre Woodard, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, a 23-year-old theoretical physicist called “the next Einstein,” a leader of the Mars Rover expedition, and the writer for Marvel Comics’ first lesbian Latina superhero have in common? They all know something that makes them optimistic about the future. Come find out what at this one-of-a-kind event in one of the most beautiful buildings on the National Mall.
On Friday, Dec. 1st, as part of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival, we’re opening the long-closed Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building for a marathon conversation between artists, scientists and other thinkers about why we should be hopeful for the future. From edible houses to Maker nurses to art activism, learn about the best ideas on the horizon in 15-minute rolling conversations between surprising conversationalists from all walks of life. Throw in great food, drinks and art, and we guarantee you’ll leave feeling better about tomorrow. Event includes a pop-up cafe and bar by José Andrés and an interactive art-tech experience, Surfing Stardust: Destination Earth, by Nora Maccoby and NOIRFLUX.
Tickets released to the public on the Eventbrite website on November 9, 2017. Tickets can be reserved online for two-hour sessions, and each person may reserve a ticket for up to three guests in addition to themselves. Tickets are free of charge and cannot be sold. Once all tickets have been claimed, a limited number of same-day walk-up tickets will be available starting at 4 p.m. on December 1st, at the West entrance of the Arts & Industries Building. Stand-by ticket holders will be admitted as spaces open up on a first come, first served basis.
Speakers are listed in alphabetical order by session. Like life, this list is in flux, and speakers and sessions are subJect to change. We will do our best to keep you posted and ask that you please check back for updates. Thank you!
Queer Latinx Writer
The Long Conversation is an experimental conversational format originated by the Art Angel Longplayer project in London in 2009, and brought to the US by the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. It is a relay of two-person dialogues for a set period of time, unified by a common prompt. In this case, each participant brings one idea with them about something that makes them optimistic about the future - a trend, an experience, an innovation, a technological breakthrough, a movement. It starts with two people on stage and every 15 minutes, one person leaves and another comes on. Each person is on stage for a total 30 minutes, during which time they have two 15-minute conversations with two people from different backgrounds about their ideas. Think of it as TED Conversations, instead of TED Talks.
Yes, although depending on demand and the number of people waiting patiently for entry in our stand-by line, we may ask that you move to the café area to watch the next session on monitors, or give up your seat and move to our standing room area.
On the registration page, you will be able to indicate that you are interested in a particular session that is already full. We will keep your information on hand and contact you if a seat opens up. If December 1st comes along and you have not heard from us, feel free to come and wait in the stand-by line 15 minutes before the session starts. In the mean time, register for your second option! All sessions will be captivating, informative and unique.
Oh yeah there will! The South Hall of the building will be home to a fantastic pop-bar and café by José Andrés from 3 – 10 p.m., serving sandwiches, snacks, beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. ID required to purchase alcohol. In this space you can also relax, sit down, watch the Conversation on a monitor and experience a mind-blowing interactive art installation, Surfing Stardust: Destination Earth by Nora Maccoby and NOIRFLUX.
Unfortunately, no. We have to limit entry to guests with a session reservation or stand-by ticket, for capacity reasons.
We love kids. However, this event is more of a grown-up thing. If you do want to bring your younger family members, we recommend 14 and up.
- Aerosol cans, including pepper spray and Mace
- Food and drinks
- Bags larger than 11 x 15 x 13in
- Placards, signs, and banners
- Selfie sticks, tripods, and monopods
- Weapons and knives (duh!)