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Flickering Reality: Exploring Alex Garland’s “Devs” with James Peat Barbieri

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December 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm CET


Flickering Reality: Exploring Ideas in Film and Television

Exploring Alex Garland’s “Devs”

with James Peat Barbieri

Sunday December 13, 2020
9:00am PST  | 12:00 pm EST  | 6:00pm CET

A monthly get-together to examine the thought-provoking, the philosophical, and the ones that take risks.

Quantum Physics, Free Will and Faith in Devs

James Peat Barbieri will explore the ideas that arise from Alex Garland’s Devs (2020). This 8-part series follows the story of the secret department of a high-tech company, which is developing a quantum computer that will be able to determine the past and the future by analysing data from the present. This session will take a look at the ideas in physics used in the show, such as Bohm and Everett’s interpretations of Quantum Mechanics, the philosophical implications of living in a deterministic world, and the meaning of faith in science and in the creators of visionary technologies.The session will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

To watch this series: Devs is available on the BBC in the UK, on Hulu in the US, FX in Canada and Binge in Australia. If you live elsewhere and you have problems finding a streaming platform that includes Devs, send me a message and I’ll see if I can help!

This series is free and open to everyone!

Join our Zoom meeting via the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8533220379

If you would like to participate, have any questions or need any help just contact Eleanor Peat: eleanor@paricenter.com

What do Films and Television say about our world? What ideas can be examined through the moving image? From Science Fiction, to Comedy, Drama and Documentaries, the Seventh Art has been a mirror of our society, from the stories they portray to the method in which they’ve been produced, a mirror that is sometimes difficult to understand.

This monthly series will reveal the message behind different Films and TV Series, exploring the themes through the lens of physics, psychology, philosophy and sociology. Each session will have a guest speaker who will analyse these themes, which will then be discussed with our community, and lead us to a better understanding of film and reveal the deeper truths of our world.


December 13, 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CET