Hasan Elahi - Prism

In Conversation: 24/7, A Wake-Up Call for Our Non-Stop World

Mon 04 Nov 2019
19.00 - 20.30
£8.00 - £20.00

Talk Only £10.00

Talk Conc £8.00

Talk + Exhibition Combo £20.00

Talk + Exhibition Conc £15.00

Screening Room
South Wing

24/7 Curator Sarah Cook is joined by a panel of guests for the opening event of the exhibition.

Together the panellists tackle themes of our time as an extension of the 24/7 exhibition, presenting provocations and time perspectives from active artist, academic and futurist viewpoints.

Speakers include 24/7 Curator Sarah Cook. Exhibiting artist Hasan Elahi known for visually documenting his every move, after the Bangladeshi-born American says the US government mistakenly listed him on its terrorist watch list. Academic and writer of Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism Judy Wajcman and provocateur Aaron Bastani on his recent Manifesto, Fully Automated Luxury Communism.

From sharing to shocking, the evening seeks to address the non-stop nature of our modern life, as a wake-up call for our non-stop world.


Chair Speaker Sarah Cook is a curator, writer and researcher based in Scotland. Sarah has curated and co-curated exhibitions of contemporary art and new media art worldwide. She is Professor of Museum Studies in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. She is editor of the book INFORMATION and co-author with Beryl Graham of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media. Sarah is one of the curators behind Scotland’s only digital arts festival NEoN Digital Arts and founder/curator of LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery at the University of Dundee. Sarah has worked as curator of new media at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and in 2008 was the inaugural curatorial fellow at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York.

Hasan Elahi is an artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Sundance Film Festival, the Gwangju Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. His recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and he is a recipient of a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. Hasan is currently Professor and Director of the School of Art at George Mason University and lives and works outside of Washington, DC.

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Hasan Elahi - Stelae 10.4 feet x 32.5 feet x 20 inches Translucent pigment prints on lightboxes (as installed at Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany, 2015) Courtesy of the artist and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
Hasan Elahi - Stelae. Courtesy of the artist and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. She is also the Principal Investigator on the Women in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence research project at the Alan Turing Institute. Her books include The Social Shaping of Technology, Feminism Confronts Technology, Managing Like a Man: Women and Men in Corporate Management, TechnoFeminism, and The Politics of Working Life. Her most recent books are The Sociology of Speed, and Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, which was awarded the 2017 Ludwik Fleck prize by the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Her current research is about the impact of digital technologies on the experience of time in everyday life.

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Judy Wajcman - The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism
Judy Wajcman - The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism

Aaron Bastani is co-founder and Senior Editor at Novara Media and has a doctorate from the University of London. His research interests include new media, social movements and political economy. He has written for Vice, the Guardian, the London Review of Books and the New York Times and regularly appears as a commentator on the BBC and Sky News. This year Aaron published Fully Automated Luxury Communism, A Manifesto with Verso Books. Said to be “A knowingly provocative…utopian manifesto…a refreshing departure from the usual forecasts of machine-led jobpocalypse.” – Times Literary Supplement

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Aaron Bastani  - Fully Automated Luxury Communism
Aaron Bastani - Fully Automated Luxury Communism

With thanks to our friends at Verso Books.