Georgina, in the studio in 2014
Georgina, in the studio in 2014

MONTHLY TALK - GEORGINA VOSS


Thursday 6 March 2014
Lighthouse, Brighton


TALKS ON DIGITAL ART, CULTURE AND FILM ON THE FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH


Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the digital world’s greatest artists, thinkers and doers. Writer, researcher and current Lighthouse resident Georgina Voss is this month's speaker.

Scott Smith, Farida Vis and Georgina Voss at Improving Reality 2013
Scott Smith, Farida Vis and Georgina Voss at Improving Reality 2013

Georgina Voss is a researcher, writer and current resident of Lighthouse Studio. Her work spans the politics of technology and engineering; grassroots communities and practices; and hidden and deviant labour. She holds a doctorate from the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, and was co-author of the ‘Better Made Up’ report from NESTA which examined the co-influence of science fiction and innovation.

About Georgina’s Talk

In this talk, Georgina stepped behind the shiny front-end of consumer products and technology to explore the stories from the supply chains and the infrastructure that underpins them.

Looking at the assumptions we make about manufacturing and design – from the materials we use to the people that produce our products – Georgina asked why we end up with the technology that we do? What do we ask for, and what do we really get? What are the everyday roles – such as factory workers and suppliers – that aren’t visible, and how does that change the way we think about supply chains? How can stigma make some of these jobs deviant and others acceptable, when they’re all part of the same system?

This talk also looked to the future and the ways in which supply chains might collapse or radically change under conditions of climate change, and whether new forms of localised manufacturing and grassroots innovation could rise up to fill the gap.

From innovation to production, Georgina’s talk asked: How do the meanings, expectations and narratives around technologies change as they move from being ideas into reality?

Georgina spoke at last year’s Improving Reality conference, to see her talk, click here.

Date: Thursday 6 March 2014
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ
Time: Doors 6.30pm, Starts 7pm.


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