a curious invitation last tuesday society
a curious invitation the century club last tuesday society soho london
Sins of the Flesh - The Erotic Dinner


BUT IS IT ART? - AI and the Visual Media with Dave McKean and Iain Sinclair
At the Century Club - Soho W1

Tuesday the 28th March 2023 Doors at 6:30 pm, talk begins at 7 pm

Ever wanted to know how Hieronymus Bosch would have depicted Strictly Come Dancing? Or to see Batman as a guest in the Last Supper?

AI can now generate exquisite renditions of almost anything you wish for in a matter of seconds. It can produce realistic selfies of non-existent people (as if the world really needed any more selfies..) and Cosmopolitan recently trumpeted the world’s first AI-generated magazine cover. All of which has caused the human creative industries to ponder their future.

Illustrator Dave McKean was one such person. After reading about the implication of generative AI he decided he could either retire or respond. He chose the latter option and produced a 96-page book of short graphic stories exploring and conversing with AI.

For this special event, McKean is joined with his collaborator and friend, the multi award writer and countercultural poet Iain Sinclair for a conversation exploring the question, "when AI can make art - what does it mean for creativity?"

Tickets £12 - please click here to purchase

Dave McKean
Probably best known for his groundbreaking illustrations of covers for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, Dave also applied his abundant talent to book design, comic book illustration, album cover art, advertising photography, and composing jazz. His award winning comics include Arkham Asylum, Signal to Noise and Mr. Punch with Neil Gaiman. He has collaboratord with John Cale, The Rolling Stones, Milcho Manchevski, Stephen King, Lars Von Trier and many others.

Iain Sinclair
Iain Sinclair is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry non-fiction, including Lud Heat; White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings; Downriver; Radon Daughters; Lights Out for the Territory; Rodinsky's Room, with Rachel Lichtenstein; Landor's Tower; London Orbital; Dining On Stones; Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire and Ghost Milk; American Smoke and London Overground. Downriver won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award. He lives in Hackney, East London.

Comica, The London Comics Festival, at The Century Club is a VIP Brands Ltd concept, presented in association with The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Antique Beat & A Curious Invitation.


9th February 2023
The Art of Pin Up: Burlesque Life Drawing with Dr Sketchy

11th February 2023
Sins of the Flesh: The Erotic Dinner

14th February 2023
Sperm Warfare: The Science of Sex with Simon Watt

15th February 2023
From A to Biba: An evening celebrating the iconic fashion brand with Delisia Howard and Chris Price

17th February 2023
The League of Contrivance: An Improv Comedy Night

25th February 2023
From Fats Waller to the Smiths:A Musical Cabaret with Marcella Puppini

28th February 2023
The Pleasures All Mine: A History of Perversion with Julie Peakman

1st March 2023
If I Was A Carpenter: A Celebration of Karen Carpenter with Lucy O'Brien

2nd March 2023
The Graphic Novel:Posy Simmonds in Conversation with Lizzy Stewart

7th March 2023
On the Money: An Evening with the Artists Behind the Alex Cartoon

14th March 2023
Designing Dystopia: An Evening with the Artists Behind Judge Dredd and Watchmen

18th March 2023
CRÉME DU CARÊME: An Evening Feasting with The First Celebrity Chef

22nd March 2023
They Shoot Comics, Don't They?: A Panel Discussion About turning Graphic Novels into Films

28th March 2023
But Is It Art? AI and the Visual Media with Dave McKean and Iain Sinclair

30th March 2023
Giving Offence: A Talk and Live Draw with Cartoonist Martin Rowson

The Century Club
salons at the Century Club Soho