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Nov 09, 2020 24 min

TTF Series: Nick Srnicek on Basic Income

Nick Srnicek is a Canadian writer, academic, lecturer in digital economy at King's College London, and The Terraforming expert at Strelka. He is the author of Platform Capitalism (Polity, 2016) and co-author of Inventing the Future (Verso, 2015 with Alex Williams). In this episode, Nick is interviewed by Valentin Diaconov, a Moscow-based curator and art critic. They sit down to talk about the future of work, wage labor, and the most successful experiments with basic income. There is just one day left to join The Terraforming design research program! Find out more and apply:
Nov 07, 2020 39 min

The Duo: a Survival Strategy for an Inhuman Age. Brendan McGetrick

How can you stay mentally healthy and emotionally stable in the age of a total lack of stability? What are the ways to remain open and curious in today’s media climate? Do you rely on yourself or on the collective that surrounds you? In this episode we share a lecture by Brendan McGetrick, an independent writer, curator, designer, and former studio director at Strelka, in which he suggests the collaboration of two (The Duo) as a survival strategy by giving examples of Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld, Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir, Walter Gropius & Johannes Itten, and many more. Watch the full lecture on Strelka’s YouTube channel:
Oct 31, 2020 24 min

Why Public Space Matters. Setha M. Low

Setha M. Low, professor in environmental psychology and author of the bestselling Strelka Press book 'On The Plaza' studies how cultural, social, political, and economic relations shape public spaces. In this lecture, Setha talks about the methodologies that urban anthropologists use in their research (e.g. REAP — Rapid Ethnographic Assessment Procedure) and outlines the most common threats to public space such as securitization, surveillance, and the exclusion of particular groups of people. This lecture took place at Strelka in 2019 as part of the international conference “Urban Inequalities vs. Urban Inclusion.” To watch the full lecture, visit Strelka’s YouTube channel: Buy Setha’s book in Russian with international shipping:
Oct 22, 2020 25 min

TTF Series: Jussi Parikka on Geology of Media

What kind of cultural theory would be adequate for the age of climate disturbances, technological shifts, and large-scale infrastructures? In this episode, Jussi Parikka, a media theorist and author of 'Geology of Media', talks about the materiality of media, slow environmental violence, and the way to apply his theory to The Terraforming. Design research program The Terraforming is a three-year (2020–2022) initiative of the Strelka Institute, directed by Benjamin H. Bratton. Each program cycle runs for 5 months and brings together a group of 30 interdisciplinary researchers in Moscow. Application period for the spring of 2021 is open till November 10, for more information visit our website:
Oct 16, 2020 22 min

Be Prolific. Ash Thorp

Art director, illustrator, and concept designer for such titles as "Ghost in the Shell", "Captain Marvel" and "Assassin's Creed" Ash Thorp develops a storyline through his work process, dwells on his favourite tools for animation and 3D-renderings, shares tips on self-organisation and destroys the myth of creative block. Books Ash mentions: "Mastery" by Robert Green, "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy, "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield, "Damn Good Advice" by George Lois, "Manage Your Day to Day" by 99U. The lecture took place at Strelka in 2019 as part of "In Other Worlds" annual event series. To watch the full lecture followed by discussion with Liam Young and Mike Hill visit Strelka Institute YouTube channel:
Oct 05, 2020 30 min

The Making of Millenials. Malcolm Harris

The term 'millennials' was invented by a pair of American marketing professionals. Many of the propagators of the worst millennial stereotypes (lazy, entitled, fragile) are marketers with a financial incentive to invoke base passions. Malcolm Harris, author of ‘Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials’, explores other angles of approach to generational analysis. Who are millennials as workers? What are the similarities and differences across national borders and regions? Why are millennials more anxious and depressed than older cohorts? And what does all of this have to do with education? The lecture took place at Strelka in 2018.
Oct 01, 2020 1 min


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