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Friday Late Spectacular: Hubbub

Friday late

Drop in

Friday 4 September 2015


Join us to explore noise, tumult, rest and relaxation.

What does ‘rest’ mean to you? Join the Hubbub team to investigate rest and its opposites: from daydreaming and doodling to fidgeting and lullabies. Explore the meanings of noise, tumult, activity and relaxation through talks, performances, films, installations and workshops taking place throughout Wellcome Collection.

The Hubbub team will take over the building to present their innovative research on rest and busyness, so catch a talk on the latest discoveries about what your brain’s up to when you’re doing nothing, or lie back on Freud’s couch and take a moment to free-associate. Experience a live stream of sound from around Heathrow airport and listen to new performances by poets, musicians and radio artists.

From a documentary about an ape retirement home to a workshop where you can try out historical relaxation techniques, this is an evening that will transform how you understand rest. Download the full programme below.

Friday Late Spectacular - Hubbub programme

This is a special late-night event with a bar running all night.

Curator: James Wilkes, Associate Director, Hubbub. Producer: Kimberley Staines, Project Coordinator, Hubbub.

This event is FREE. Drop in any time. Tickets for the scheduled talks and some larger activities will be available from Wellcome Collection on the night of the event only.



  • Fantasy and Fiction with social scientist Felicity Callard and poet James Wilkes
  • Free Time and Mindwandering with psychologists and authors Claudia Hammond and Charles Fernyhough
  • Mapping Rest with neuroscientist Daniel Margulies and anthropologist Josh Berson


  • Hear contemporary lullabies and add to a collaborative collection
  • Interested in new technology and tracking how you rest? Learn about mapping alertness and environment through self-tracking
  • Experience variations of relaxation and cacophony with a brand new audio piece from radio collective In The Dark
  • Put rest to the test as you investigate some of the methods used by scientists to measure rest and its opposites
  • Join the debate. What’s wrong with work? We want to hear your thoughts…

Full list of contributors

Hubbub are an international collective of social scientists, artists, humanities researchers, scientists, broadcasters, public engagement professionals and mental health experts. They are the first residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection.