Broadcast live from firstsite Colchester, 30 May 2014

Owning the immaterial: art, technology and culture, broadcast live from firstsite Colchester, part 2

Curators, artists, journalists and academics will address a wide range of issues including the tension between material and immaterial values; ownership, property and theft in the age of the internet; and the shift of power from the establishment to the individual through digital media.


James Bridle, artist, writer, publisher and technologist, Simon Denny, artist, Aleksandra Domanović, artist, Mark Fisher, writer and lecturer, Goldsmiths

Charles Graeber, New York based writer who has a close working relationship with Kim Dotcom and writer for the New York Times, Wired and The New Yorker

Kieran Long, senior curator of contemporary architecture, design & digital, V&A, Paul Pieroni, curator, SPACE

Chair: Matthew Fuller, Professor of Cultural Studies at the Digital Culture Unit, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths


2.00: Welcome: Jes Fernie, Associate Curator, Public Programmes, firstsite

2.10: Introduction by chair Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths

2.20: Mark Fisher, writer, cultural theorist, Goldsmiths

2.45: Questions / discussion

2.55:Charles Graeber, writer

3.20: Simon Denny, artist

3.40: James Bridle, writer, artist, publisher, technologist

5.00: Aleksandra Domanović, artist, in conversation with Paul Pieroni, Curator SPACE

5.25: Kieran Long, senior curator of contemporary architecture, design & digital, V&A

5.50: Panel discussion and questions (including Michelle Cotton, Senior Curator, firstsite)


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