An event at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, 28 June 2014
More information: wysingartscentre.org/archive/events/futurecamp_2_private_vs_public/2014
The Event Programme
The second event in a five-part series as part of Wysing’s summer programme, Futurecamp.
The relationship between the economy, politics and the way we are governed, is irrevocably intertwined and the future of one cannot be considered without the others. Added to which there is both a culture of apathy and an ongoing appetite for extreme activism and protest being necessary for society. The ability to forecast what may happen to the economy accurately will affect political thought and models, whilst widespread public dissatisfaction, and corrupt or unfair economies of labour and work, urge people towards more extreme viewpoints. Alongside this, the prevalence of surveillance via digital and drone technology creates a culture of secrecy and fear and needs to be considered openly. How we address and question these systems of power, imagine or envision alternatives, and how these are enacted are essential to how the future might be formed.
12noon: Introduction from Wysing Curators Kathy Noble and Gareth Bell Jones.
12.10pm: Aaron Bastani, founder of Novara Media will present the talk ‘Work, Technology, Politics: 2 Visions of the Future’, in which he will discuss the technological changes that are currently occurring, the affect these will have on work and the, increasingly blurred, distinctions between public and private.
12.50pm: Journalist Ray Filar will give the talk How to stay sane when everything is shit addressing how negative socio-political conditions affect our mental health and how society might address this in terms of the way we work and live.
1.30pm: Discussion chaired by Wysing Curator Kathy Noble.
2pm: Break in broadcasting.
2.30pm: Artist Soheila Sokhanvari and Al Jazeera producer Rammy El will discuss aspects of Middle Eastern society and politics.
3.15pm: Discussion with Wysing Curator Gareth Bell Jones.
3.25pm: Short break in broadcasting.
3.30pm: Artist Yuri Pattison and artist and internet pioneer Josh Harris will discuss their shared interest in information technology’s effect on society.
A full schedule for the event is available at wysingartscentre.org.