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Artist Talk by Matt Kenyon, “The Ethics and Aesthetics of Accumulation and Waste.”

Event Type
Lecture
Topics
art, ethics, history, ncsa, new media, sustainability, technology
Sponsor
Sponsored in part by the School of Art + Design Visitors Committee and Critical Technology Studies Lab, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Location
KAM Lower Level, Auditorium
Date
Jan 7, 2019   5:30 pm  
Speaker
Matt Kenyon
Cost
free
Contact
Julia Kelly
E-Mail
kam@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-1861
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Originating Calendar
Krannert Art Museum Calendar

Join us for a talk from Matt Kenyon, new media artist, “The Ethics and Aesthetics of Accumulation and Waste.”

Over the past eighteen years, Matt Kenyon's SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production) art practice has created a body of work that examines various socio-political phenomena. The defining paradigm shift of the last hundred years can be seen as a movement from defining individuals as citizens, to seeing corporations as citizens.

Partnerships between psychology and industry have also lead to a demotion of individual citizens to the role of consumer. Advances in our understanding of how our individual minds work (via neuroscience) have accelerated and expanded upon this post-human shift. As corporations shift from branding products to branding consumer’s experiences, notions of ownership, authenticity and disobedience become more important than ever before.

This talk will raise the question: What will tomorrow’s protest look like?

This event is free and open to the public. 

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