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ISEA2010 RUHR Keynotes
David d'Heilly (jp/us) with Fernando García Dory (es)
Global Islands: Ruhrort, Tokyo and the Shepards of the World
Through accelerating information technology, global currents of capital, work and cultural differentiation the changes in economic and cultural significance of place today may be fundamental within a just a few decades. Urban residential and rural nomadic lifestyles are equally effected by impulsive, seemingly spontaneous shifts in the global urban fabric. The speed of new technology and its promise of pervasive availability of economic and social contact makes the tenacity of life in rural areas blatantly clear. The specific mechanisms of self-organised urban, suburban and rural life in parallel with the world-wide information network provides insulation for the respective communities. Instead of a global village, a digital technology-created planetary archipelago arises.
David d'Heilly is a filmmaker, curator, journalist and translator. He has developed and produced projects including: Independent Media in Post Cold-War Central and Eastern Europe, East Asian Urbanization and Thinking in Moving Images.
Fernando García Dory is a neo-pastoral artist and agroecologist. His work focuses on themes affecting current relationships between culture and nature in the framework of the landscape, the rural, desires and expectations related to aspects of identity, the crisis, utopia and social change. He often uses self-organizing strategies, initiating collaborative processes of soziale plastik.
He studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is currently completing Masters and Doctoral degrees in Agroecology with the Institute for Peasant Studies (ISEC).
Sat 28 August 2010, 17:30–19:00h