Speculative Immersion - Multimedia Anthropology in the Anthropocene
07 June 2019, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
This immersive audiovisual performance presents contemporary research on ecological crisis and human futures, in an experimental collaboration by UCL’s Multimedia Anthropology Lab.
This event is free.
Festival of Culture Team
Main Quad Pop Up 101UCLGower StreetLondonWC1E 6BT
Over the course of the evening, immersive spatial audio and textured soundscapes will frame a series of performance-lectures, recounting multiple narratives of our human epoch. We will begin with an account of the Anthropocene - the geological epoch we inhabit - and why we deploy a multimedia format for presenting this research. We will go on to discuss diverse relationships between humans and their environments, and the multiple ways these relationships are understood as they transform. Finally, we will explore speculative futures as envisioned by different human societies - from NASA, indigenous groups in Mongolia, to Amerindian communities - and the radically distinct ontologies they are grounded in
Bringing together interdisciplinary research conducted by anthropologists, artists, and sound designers, this performance incorporates immersive technologies - such as spatial audio, projection mapping, and VR - to take us through the shifting ecologies of our times, while inviting us to speculate on alternative futures.
Image: © Maya Hope Chaldecott