The real truth a world's fair
SATURDAY 28 JULY, 5pm
ROBERT RYDELL - CRYSTAL PALACES, CRYSTAL BALLS, AND CRYSTAL-CLEAR ILLUSIONS OF PROGRESS: FROM WORLD'S FAIRS TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB
Robert Rydell is Professor of History and Director of the Montana Humanities Institute at Montana State University. He has written books that examine the power of the world’s fairs to define the modern world, especially to lend legitimacy to America’s growing imperial ambitions after the Civil War. Rydell demonstrates ways that international exhibitions reveal intersections between the cultural politics of race, class and gender and afford important insights into the complexities of globalisation.
This event is free. No booking required. Expanded seating area
THE REAL TRUTH A WORLD’S FAIR
A project by Suzanne Treister at Raven Row over four weekends featuring four keynote speeches within a specially designed theatre: A global futurist, a U.S. Security Agency insider, an anarcho-primitivist and the international expert on world's fairs... Alongside an exhibition including three unique libraries, two video lounges and designs for a virtual world's fair.
WEEKENDS 28/29 JULY, 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 AUGUST 2012
3pm: Exhibition open. Food will be served
7–9pm: Exhibition open. Food and drink will be served
11–6pm: Exhibition open, with screenings of previous lecture/performances
SATURDAY 4 AUGUST, 5pm
JOHN ZERZAN - THE MURDEROUS IDOLATRY OF THE FUTURE: ANARCHO-PRIMITIVISM AND THE END OF TECHNOLOGY
SATURDAY 11 AUGUST
RECITAL FROM MEMORY OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS BY MONICA ROSS
JIM CHANNON - GO PLANET! A STRATEGIC VISIONARY STORY AND ART FOR THE NEXT MILITARY CENTURY!
SATURDAY 18 AUGUST, 5pm
RICHARD THIEME - A WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS: CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND THE NECESSARY COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE OF EVERYDAY LIFE
Since London’s Great Exhibition of 1851 world’s fairs have provided a space for nations to represent themselves. They are potent signs of the fantasies, politics and technologies of their times and aspirations for the future. THE REAL TRUTH A WORLD’S FAIR exposes aspects of the present and proposes ways into the future.
A contextual introduction will be provided by Robert W. Rydell’s in-depth analysis of the politics and histories of world’s fairs, to be followed by lecture/performances from three visionary speakers: John Zerzan, Jim Channon and Richard Thieme, who actively devote their lives to ideas, visions and projects for the future of the planet.
During the weekends Raven Row's upstairs galleries will house three libraries: A Military/Intelligence Recruitment Library, Fifth Estate Anarchist Magazine 1965–2012 and Jon Bewley’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Library. Historical artefacts from world’s fairs, designs for a virtual world’s fair, and memorabilia provided by each speaker will also be displayed. Screenings in the video lounges will include Strange Culture by Lynn Hershman Leeson (2007) and Das Netz by Lutz Dammbeck (2003).
THE REAL TRUTH A WORLD’S FAIR will provide audiences with extraordinary food for thought and action.
Suzanne Treister is a London-based artist. Her most recent project, ‘HEXEN 2.0’, was shown this year at the Science Museum, London, travelling to Hartware MedienKunstverein, Dortmund; D21, Leipzig; Secession, Vienna and P.P.O.W, New York.