Now Is The Time Of Monsters
Thursday 30 June 13:00 (GMT +0) LIVE from RCA
A critical discussion organised by the students of MA Contemporary Art Practice
In 2013 Žižek tweeted “The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” A loose paraphrasing of Antonio Francesco Gramsci, translated into English via a French mistranslation of the original Italian. Both the quote itself and its journey from the Prison Notebooks to Žižek’s twitter speak to the overwhelming lack of centre in contemporary discourse. The RCA as an institution takes pride in its ability to train future leaders in art and design; what does leadership mean when rapid shifts in technology, politics and environmental catastrophe guarantee an ever- worsening crisis of authority? Is there a cultural responsibility to become the midwives of the new, or can that only be achieved after first becoming monsters?
A critical discussion organised by the students of MA Contemporary Art Practice with presentations by Dr Josephine Berry and Sophie Williamson, chaired by Professor Chantal Faust and graduating student Laura Nicholson.
If you can't join us in person you can watch the live stream on zoom: