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Present Futures
Dominic Paterson | Other Futures: a panel discussion

Sat 8 June 2019

Devised by Dominic Paterson (The Hunterian / University of Glasgow), ‘Other Futures’ is a panel discussion which brings together artistic and academic perspectives to explore how time relates to political and aesthetic questions. Three academic contributors from the University of Glasgow will each give short talks rooted in their expertise in music, theatre and digital media, respectively. Dr David Code will discuss the ways in which Stanley Kubrick’s film soundtracks construct time. Professor Carl Lavery will consider the themes of theatricality and drift in relation to the work of situationist Guy Debord. Finally, Dr Tim Barker will consider the term 'contemporaneity' to describe the current historical moment, as an alternative to modernity and post-modernity, and particularly focusing on the challenges and strategies of living within multiple and often conflicting types of time. Visual artist Ruth Ewan will introduce some of her own works which have addressed the political dimensions of imagining both pasts and futures. The panel will include time for discussion amongst the participants about their various views on ‘past futures’.