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Futurism v Fatalism: Thursday 16th June

The Explorers ChronicleNext week, I'm honoured to be part of a special event as part of the new exhibition by acclaimed DJ, artist, and record producer Justin Robertson. The exhibition is The Explorer's Chronicle, which sounds utterly fascinating:

The cornerstone of the exhibition is the first showing of Justin’s new collection of art - presented in a mixture of media. Drawing on the great tradition of botanical sketching, his inspirational work depicts the flora and fauna of this alternate universe, finding inspiration in the patterns of the natural world. Other themes include magik, possession, the supernatural, fantastical creatures, the history of belief, past times and cultures, uncertainty and alien life forms. A dedicated book of illustration and text and a bespoke soundtrack will accompany the exhibition.

My event, on the second day of the exhibition, is Futurism v Fatalism: Is the Internet liberating or imprisoning?, with free tickets available from the preceding link. I'm thrilled to be on the bill with an array of awesome folks such as:

  • John Higgs, author of Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned A Million Pounds and I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary.
  • Gary Lachman, founding member of Blondie (as Gary Valentine) and author of Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the WorldPolitics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen, and The Caretakers of the Cosmos: Living Responsibly in an Unfinished World.
  • Nina Lyon, co-organiser of Hay-on-Wye's How The Light Gets In festival, and author of Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man and Mushroom Season.

I'll be giving a presentation entitled Cyberfetish and the World of Tomorrow, the blurb for which I ran a few weeks back, and asking what we can learn from the Cyberpunk literary movement of the 1980s.

The exhibition is free and doesn't require a ticket, but you need to get tickets for the Futurism v Fatalism event at Ransom Note's eventcube page.

Hope to see you there!

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