The Mimetic Drive of Capital

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The Mimetic Drive of Capital – A Lecture by Jaspar Joseph-Lester

  • Thu 10 Dec 2015
  • 7:00PM

In conjunction with our autumn exhibition Adjacent Realities, London based artist and Reader in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art Jasper Joseph-Lester will give a special lecture at the ACF. His work draws from the fields of architecture, design, urban studies, human geography, cinema and media studies, philosophy and spatial theory to explore the role that images play in determining urban planning, social space and subjectivity.

This talk will discuss the phenomena of doubling in city planning, entertainment space and free economic zones. Replica monuments, streets and cities include Abbot Kinney's Venice of America in California, The Venetian in Las Vegas, the Eiffel Tower in the central Boulevard of Tianduchen China and the City of New Songdo in South Korea. These silent doppelgangers are built as adjacent worlds and are tailored to the interests of cooperate investors. Jaspar Joseph-Lester considers the conjunctions between the internal logic of the photographic image and embodied experience of the spatialised image to explore what he terms the mimetic drive of capital.

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