(Techniques Speaker Series)
November 20, 2020
1 pm (MST)
Jimmy Loizeau studied design at the Royal College of Art and worked as a research associate at MIT media lab. His practice explores design through various approaches.
Work with Auger-Loizeau explores the role of technology and our relationships with it through work that continues to be exhibited internationally.
The Afterlife Project (2002) offers a contemporary systems for dealing with mortality proposing a chemical afterlife exploring the ‘new needs’ of ‘new believers’.
The Audio Tooth Implant (2001) proposed the next stage of in body communications technology, the project was also deployed as a way to explore ways for the dissemination of issues surrounding technology through engagement with mass media.
The Illegal Town Plan (2013-present) with Matt Ward, explores inclusive strategies for local engagement and education through ‘speculative town planning schemes’ that mediate community engagements with local government.
Since 2015 Loizeau has worked with refugee communities in France and Greece initiating collaborations exploring archiving, mapping and media representation of, communities, spaces, conditions and lives of people forced to leave their countries.
He is a lecturer and practitioner in the department of design at Goldsmiths.
While acknowledging the complex conditions of crisis in the present, politics at multiple levels, remains preoccupied with extending its power, national interests, economic growth and greater productivity. There is a fundamental disjuncture between the complexity of the combined critical conditions that are now putting life on Earth at risk, and the divisions and theories of knowledge that are trying to understand the situation instrumentally. A political and intellectual dislocation from the actuality and depth of the crisis is at work. Consequently, an erroneous picture of ‘contemporary reality’ has been constructed by default. In response the talk and the forthcoming book it is based on, make the case for a new political imagination that rejects the sufficiency of existing political ideologies (including democracy) being the end point of politics. We engage narratives of change, rethink imagination and critical practices, to finally present a relationally connected way to move forward.