Date: Friday, Mar 15, 2019
Malaspina Theatre (Building 310)
Our lives are increasingly digitized. If you Googled yourself, what would you find? How did it get there and what does it say about you? More and more, media are everywhere, and we leave traces of ourselves as we use the various media that intersect our lives. Yet a wise elementary principal once told a gym full of parents, “for those whose focus is on recording the event, do not get in the way of those who want to actually be here.” Media often provide what Joshua Meyerowitz (1986) described as ‘no sense of place;’ where we are physically present but carried away through our imaginations and asked to believe that we are somewhere else or someone else entirely. However, even when that belief tends to linger, it is not always restricted to acts of fantasy. With the use of things like ‘social media,’ we are constantly encouraged to groom how others experience us through media, and we are regularly asked to create a type of presence that is at once ‘real’ and imagined.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities presents the Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series six times between September and April. Our talks are free and open to the public. Please join us at 9:30 in the theatre lobby for coffee, tea, cookies, and conversation.
**This talk was cancelled in February due to snow. The talk by Sasha Koerbler and John Lepage, originally scheduled for March 15, has been rescheduled to the 2019-2020 season.**