The Villa Council Presents: Personal Data, Online Privacy, and Fake News – According to the Greeks, A Lecture by Artist and Writer Paul Chan
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Can Classical philosophers like Epictetus and Aristotle shed light on some of the most pernicious elements in online culture today? Artist and writer Paul Chan leads us on an idiosyncratic tour of Greek writers and thinkers who grappled with something similar to what we would call "our data" today. Homer and Plato, as well as later thinkers like Pliny and Thomas Aquinas, make appearances. Along the way, Chan reveals how art offers us a unique way of becoming more vigilant against data thieves and fake news makers, then and now.
Paul Chan is an artist, writer, and publisher who lives in New York. He is the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014, a biennial award honoring artists who have made a visionary contribution to contemporary art. His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: Plato in LA at the Getty Villa; Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; and Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. A mid-career survey was mounted by Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland in 2014. Last year he had a solo exhibition titled Odysseus and the Bathers at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.
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