Somerset House Studios

Podcast | Defrag: Technology in Culture and Society

01 Feb 2021

How do we begin to make sense of the sweeping changes new technologies are having on our society and who do we turn to for answers?

Defrag was a series of talks curated by Jake Charles Rees for Somerset House Studios between 2017-2019, exploring how technology is changing the world we live in, including the way we produce and consume art and culture.

This podcast revisits the live recordings in the form of an audio montage, meshing together a range of fragmented thoughts from guest speakers. It delves into the practices of the people using and critiquing some of the latest technologies and how these shape and augment our realities.

Silkie Carlo, Big Brother Watch 
Anne Duffau
Bill Posters
Libby Heaney
Shannen SP
Elliot Burns, Offsite Project
Raffaella Moreira, UCL Multimedia Anthropology Lab
Sophie Dyer, Airwars
Hanna Rullman, Airwars
Milena Marin, Amnesty International 
Gabriela Ivens, WITNESS
Adbulwahab Tahhan
James Stringer, Werkflow
The White Pube
Charlotte Webb, Feminist Internet
Helen Brewer, Feminist Internet
Clara Finnigan, Feminist Internet
Rhiannon Williams, Feminist Internet
Travis Alabanza
Seyi Akiwowo
Caroline Sinders
Natalie Khan

Commissioned and produced by Somerset House Studios
Curated by Jake Charles Rees
Podcast produced by Huw Thomas
Sound design by Harry Murdoch and Huw Thomas

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