Afternoon Tea with The Intercontinental reflects on the drama of the political crises of 2016 and the challenges that lie ahead for artists, academics and activists, with reference to the contested concept of the post-factual. The symposium is a platform for discussion about the relations between art and activism, truth and lies. It aims to explore our responsibilities, as cultural producers, to identify, analyse and resist populist rhetoric. It asks how we can find effective strategies together and discover or re-discover our political agency in the face of recent tectonic shifts in the social and political context.
The second part of this two part symposium will take place at The Koppel Projects. Invited speakers will bring their specialist knowledge to excavate the depths of the post-factual, presenting us with the opportunity to confront the issues and discuss burning questions rising from the earlier brunch conversations and the speakers’ presentations.
Invited guests include:
Ginanne Brownell: London-based freelance writer covering arts and culture stories for publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Simon O’Sullivan: theorist and artist working at the intersection of contemporary art practice, performance and continental philosophy.
Agata Pyzik: Polish writer, journalist and cultural critic who has written on politics, art, music, and culture.
Prof. Jan Kubik: Professor and Director of the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL, who will be speaking about his latest publication, The Power of Symbols Against the Symbols of Power.
This event is kindly supported by LAHP, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, AHRC and The Koppel Projects.