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Published on Oct 30, 2013
Lighthouse's digital culture conference, Improving Reality, returned for a third year this September. Talks included tours through worlds that artists are growing rather than making, critical revelations of the systems and infrastructures that shape our world, and narratives of radical alternative futures.
Georgina will ask whose reality gets to be improved, in a talk entitled 'Esoteric Content'. The British government may trumpet that 'Innovation is Great!' but the ways in which technologies come into being are shaped and skewed by powerful social and economic forces. This talk moves between the 'bacon-wrapped economy' of the Bay Area, the structure of venture capitalists' social networks, 'picking winners' in energy policy, and illegitimate hedonising technologies to explore which realities are being opened up and which will be shut down.