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Speculative Immersion - Multimedia Anthropology in the Anthropocene

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 07 June 2019

Speculative Immersion - Multimedia Anthropology in the Anthropocene

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.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Festival of Culture Team

Location

Main Quad Pop Up 101
UCL
Gower Street
London
WC1E 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


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