DESIGN, FAILURE AND THE GLOBALIZATION OF RISK
A talk by Arjun Appadurai, followed by a conversation with Jonas Tinius and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
JANUARY 10, 2017
What is the role of promises and trust in a postfactual age? How are emerging technologies tied up to the political and economic crises of the last years? What can we learn from the role of risk-taking and failure for our political futures – and what's language got to do with it all?
Professor Arjun Appadurai, one of the world's leading theorists of globalization and cultural economies, will be discussing crises, economies, and political language with S A V V Y Contemporary's director Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and anthropologist Jonas Tinius (HU Berlin). Appadurai is author of seminal texts, including Modernity At Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (1996), editor of The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (1986), and has been at the forefront of theorizing the relation between cultural creativity, global economies, and political emergence.
This lecture explores the financial crises of the last few decades in the advanced economies and beyond to look at how failure is part of the logic of design and risk in the world of emerging technologies in finance and beyond. This presentation is part of an ongoing research project on failure, which explores how failure is a globally variable and circulating idea which can reveal far more than the study of success.
The event was a cooperation between SAVVY Contemporary, the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), and the Anthropologies of Art Network.
Video Documentation: Abhishek Nilamber