Very late on the details here, at least partially as we've only just had our location confirmed by the RSA.
This talk by Douglas Coupland (artist and author of "Generation X" and 12 other novels) is a particulary visual one:
"Coupland is fascinated by time. For Long Now he deploys ideas and graphics “all dealing on some level with time and how we perceive it, how we used to perceive it, and where our perception of it may be going.” A time series about time."
This talk was recorded in San Francisco shortly after Donald Trump was elected president of the USA. It is by turns of it's time, still timely and on occasion timeless. We look forward to discussing it in the pub afterwards!
Below are a few notes by Stewart Brand on this talk:
“The present and the future now coexist at the same time, “It’s why time doesn’t feel like time any more. We’re inside the future.”
As an installation artist Coupland said he was highly impressed by the short truisms of the New York artist Jenny Holzer, such as “MUCH WAS DECIDED BEFORE YOU WERE BORN.” And so he began a “slogan project” of sayings that “make perfect sense now but would make no sense if you saw them 20 years ago.” Examples included:
I MISS MY PRE-INTERNET BRAIN
HOARD ANYTHING YOU CAN’T DOWNLOAD
LIVES ARE NO LONGER FEELING LIKE STORIES (“I call this process ‘de-narration.’”)
WE’VE NEVER BEEN SMARTER. WE’VE NEVER FELT STUPIDER.
THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE MEANS YOU WANT SOMETHING
DEMOCRACY SEEMS INADEQUATE TO DEAL WITH THE PRESENT
Coupland considers the three leading questions of our time:
“Does the need to be remembered eclipse the right to be forgotten?” “Will the internet favor the individual over the group?”
“Will the internet favor secularity or religion?”
This is a screening of a Seminar About Long-Term Thinking (SALT) event filmed in San Francisco in November 2016. The screening starts at 18:30 and lasts 90 minutes (including a a Q&A with Stewart Brand). Food and drink is available from the Rawthmell's bar during the screening.
More drinks afterwards (first at the RSA, then almost certainly at a nearby pub).
Since 02006 the Long Now Foundation has held monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) events in San Francisco. In the latter months of 02019 Long Now London are screening some of our favourites from this ongoing series.
Our venue is "The Steps" a small amphitheatre in RSA House that’s available for social change conversations. On arrival at RSA House, ask staff at the front desk for directions to "The Steps" and they will point you downstairs into Rawthmell's coffee house.
After the screening we will of course have discussion over a few drinks, both at Rawthmell's and at a nearby pub.
Please RSVP here as space is limited. This event is organised by Long Now London, kindly hosted by the Royal Society of Arts. No need to book anything on the RSA website this time.