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The Bright Labyrinth: Transmission 2

23 October 2018 | 4pm – 6pm

GH 109, White City


The Internet Wants You Dead: Distance and Visual Communication 

The issue of who or what is seen – or chooses to reveal itself – has never been of greater concern for those working in the field of communication. An unseen dimension is starting to be revealed – but what form does it take? How has the networking of extreme distance changed our communication practice? What has been the impact of disruptive innovation on human interaction? What is the relationship between communication and control? Or between command and control? Key themes to be discussed are ethics, code, cybernetics, command and control, the RAND Corporation, Esalen, drones, UAVs and predators.

Suggested reading:

‘Ada Lovelace: what would go into an Internet of Women’s Things?’, Jasmina Tesanovic, Boing Boing, 2015

‘As We May Think’, Vannevar Bush, The Atlantic, July 1945 

The Bright Labyrinth Lecture Series is sixteen individual lectures delivered over the spring and autumn terms. It explores some of the twists, turns, bizarre connections and surprises that surround us as we contemplate the future of visual communication in the twenty-first century. How did we get here? And where do we want to go? In order to shape the future, we may also have to shape the past.

This event is organised by the Visual Communication Programme in the School of Communication. Please contact Maja Ngom for more information.