29 October 2016
13:00 — 14:00

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.

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