ELISAVA will host part of the third edition of the IAM Weekend 2017, which will take place from April 27th to 30th at the School and the Mercat de les Flors.
This annual meeting for internet culture passionate in Barcelona, organized by IAM-Internet Age Media, will focus on The Renaissance of Utopias through talks and workshops. An ideal scenario to get to know the research and experiments that throughout the year look for re-defining the concept of utopias as useful and stimulating tool to invent better futures in the Internet era.
Its programme will have more than 20 lecturers, among them Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, a young editor that is challenging the stereotypes built around Muslim women in the media; Nathan Jurgenson, the theorist and researcher of social media of Snapchat; the activist, feminist and director Jasmina Tešanović; or the journalist and well-known cyberpunk novelist Bruce Sterling. All of them will share their points of view through five intertwined sessions:
How can we re-define the arts and creative processes to answer the complex non-lineal nature of our hyper-connected society?
How will automation change our work definition? Which role will ideas like the Basic Universal Income have in our societies? What should happen after capitalism?
How can creativity evolve beyond the named and contradictory “creative industries”? How can we empower young people? What opportunities emerge for the futures of work and education?
How can we promote the co-existence of generations, identities and disciplines? How can we use Internet to challenge cultural stereotypes and have a more sustainable planetary thinking?
With the evolution of technologies like virtual, mixed and augmented reality, and the influence of phenomenon like post-truth and agnotology, what happens with our perception of reality?
The event, which will include a posthumous tribute to the recently deceased Zygmunt Bauman, father of the concept ‘liquid modernity’, will explore how utopias can help us to understand the convergence of the future of the media, education and arts.
The collaboration of ELISAVA with IAM was initiated from Elisava Alumni, since we consider that the event is an environment where our students, but especially out Alumni community, can access the latest trends within the internet fields as culture, and where they can do a valuable networking at an international level from Barcelona, both for the lecturers and the participants profiles. On the other hand, thanks to the agreements with IAM, both our Alumni and School staff will enjoy an access with discount for the meeting.