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RCA Arts & Humanities Talk: What's Next? Series with Johnny Golding, Distributed Intelligence and the Technosphere (Speaking Alt-truth to Power)

14 November 2018 | 4pm – 5.30pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre


This panel reassesses one of the most troubling topics in contemporary art, technology and the wild sciences today: ‘post-truth’. Taking cues from recent debates around dimensional plurality and non-locality – not to mention the rise of drone consciousness and strategic populism – we will examines the technologies of flesh, consciousness, atmosphere and dirt. Also subject to scrutiny is the age-old question of ‘what does it mean to be human and what can this humanity become?’.

What's Next 2018/19

The SoAH School Unit has the ambition to introduce students to a diverse range of perspectives, approaches and practices relevant to contemporary practice and thought in the Arts & Humanities. The delivery is devised to help students identify and query their own practices and disciplinary assumptions through encounters with others and within the various practices undertaken by students in SoAH, and to raise awareness around such contemporary concerns as gender, identity, ethnicity, access, appropriation and post-colonial discourses.

The aim of the unit is to sensitise students to the complex world in which they operate, and to inculcate such skills as might enhance their understanding of their own global responsibility and agency.

The Unit will support students in understanding the ramifications of their own work and practice within a broad cultural context, and to recognize its many potentially unintended readings and consequences.

Talks Programme & What’s Next 

The talks programme will combine ‘What’s Next’ – a series of six panel discussions developed with Design and Artist Copyright Society (DACS) and touching on areas relevant to professional development and the operations of the broader cultural economy – with talks delivered by relevant practitioners who will broaden the debate and discussion by articulating specific positions and approaches. 

Chair: Professor Johnny Golding, philosopher exploring poetics and wild sciences
Katherine Behar, artist and philosopher of object-oriented feminism 
Lanfranco Aceti, curator and social theorist 
Martin Reinhart, inventor, cinematographer, computing scientist