In this talk, Laurence Scott expands on his essay for the ‘Borrowed Time’ publication, which considers the digital age’s double-faced relationship to time. We inhabit a networked environment that is both defined by innovation and nostalgia. The future is always arriving with the latest, fastest devices, and the ceaseless unfolding of a Twitter timeline creates a mood of eternal ‘nextness’, the present moment time-stamped and eclipsed almost as soon as it arrives. Yet, social media encourages us to produce an archive of our own personal histories. Our pasts have never been more present. Here Scott will ask: how does this double-faced view impact the politics and ethics of our times?
The Jerwood/FVU Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and FVU, in association with University of East London. FVU is supported by Arts Council England.