Location: Theater Kikker
Rob Horning explains authenticity in terms of a mode of domination, usually indicating a vicarious appropriation and repurposing of someone else’s life experiences. His talk, frames authenticity as a result of expropriating and commodifying another’s experience; when we apply it to ourselves, we are seeking to self-commodify, self-exploit, self-alienate. The quest for authenticity is alienating, rather than, as it tends to be represented, the opposite. Because authenticity is an imposition by an outside consumer of your life experience, it lends itself well to data-driven systems that purport to represent us to ourselves, to generate a life story for us through the information gathered through various forms of data surveillance.
Rob Horning― Speaker
Rob Horning is an editor of Real Life (reallifemag.com) and a contributing editor for The New Inquiry (thenewinquiry.com). In his famous 2009 article “The Death of the Hipster” in PopMatters, he states that the hipster might be the “embodiment of postmodernism as a spent force, revealing what happens when pastiche and irony exhaust themselves as aesthetics.”
Natalie Dixon― Moderator
Dr. Natalie Dixon (she/her) is the cultural insights director at affect lab. Her work explores issues of belonging, otherness, race and gender through the lens of technology. Her research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and featured in international media. Recently, as a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut she presented ‘How to Read a Story About Burn-Out’ a research project and performance reading for audiences at the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018) and at Het Nieuwe Instituut (2019). Photo: Antal Guszlev