Reimagining Authenticity in the Age of Post Truth: Experiences, Places, Beliefs, Realities
How has the era of post-truth changed our perceptions of authenticity?
In the era of post-truth and fake news, the adjective authentic is used to describe people, objects and processes as diverse as polititians, food, management approaches, places and artisan bread. We ask to what extent the meaning of the terms authentic and inauthentic have endured or are changing across different disciplines today.
On the 19 June the Authenticity Collective (an interdisciplinary discussion group of academics and practitioners who are interested in authenticity) will assemble at Canterbury Christ Church University to consider contemporary authenticity in practice and academia. We will make new interdisciplinary connections by exploring authentic (and inauthentic) aspects of the artistic process, creative spaces and places, historic restoration, sports psychology, craftsmanship and maker culture, dreams, tourism, human geography, dance and architecture.
Alastair Upton, Director of Folkestone's Creative Foundation
Heather Newton, Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral
Sarah Turner, Collections Manager at Canterbury Cathedral
Liz Collini, Text and Language Artist
Sue Jones, Director of Whitstable Biennial
Academic presentations include:
Professor Chris Beedie, the Placebo Effect
Dr Andy Jackson, Boatyard Bohos
Dr Jim Butcher, the Beat Poets, existential authenticity and travel
Peter Wallace, Hyperreal interventions
Howard Griffin and Dr Jane Lovell, Irreal lightscapes.
You are invited to join the conversation and become a part of the Authenticity Collective.
Our Symposium will take place on the North Holmes Road campus, in the Powell building, on the ground floor in room 9. Pg09.
The programme for the day is as follows:
9:45-10:00 welcome Introduction: Dr Jane Lovell and Professor Chris Beedie - Walking into the Truth
Panel 1: Authenticity, Art, Heritage and the Creative Process
10:00-10:15 Alastair Upton – Creative Foundation
10:15-10:30 Liz Collini – Rules
10:30-10:45 Dover Arts Development – Art, Community and Place
10:45-11:00 Sue Jones – Whitstable Biennale
11:00-11:15 Sarah Turner and Heather Newton – Canterbury Journey/Canterbury cathedral
Panel 2: Authenticity, Belief and Realities
11:45-12:00 Professor Chris Beedie – Placebo Effect
12:00-12:15 Dr Chris Pike – Dreaming Reality
12:15-12:30 Dr Andrew Jackson – Boatyard Bohos
12:30-12:45 Diane Heath – Crypt Creatures
1:00-1:45 Lunch will be provided plus a puppetry display by James Frost. Discussions will continue over lunch.
Panel 3 : Authenticity, Place, Embodiment, Performance and Light
1:45-2:00 Dr Jillian Rickly-Boyd Spectacle, Authenticity and Adventure Philanthropy
2:00-2:15 Dr Jim Butcher – The Beat Poets
2:15-2:30 Dr Angela Pickard and Andy Hurst – Dance and Light
2:30--2:45 Peter Wallace - Hyperreality
2:45--3:00 Dr Jane Lovell and Dr Howard Griffin - Moving the Immovable, Architecture and light
3:00-3:30 Coffee, questions and close
The Authenticity Collective
The Authenticity Collective is an international initiative, formed to explores the highly topical concept of authenticity in a truly interdisciplinary form. Authenticity is a topic which is fundamental to the way in which we think about reality, from the news, gentrification, virtual reality, cultural appropriation, art forgery and creativity to sports performance. Drawing on world-leading research in areas such as the placebo effect, the project links a range of existing work and forges new connections in the form of an international collaboration between education and industry partners. The collective includes members from the subject areas of psychology, human geography, tourism, politics, sports science, information technology, literature, history, film, architecture, fine art and design.
The research specialities of our members include:
The placebo effect
The artistic process
Dreams and reality
Sense of place
Nostalgia and the seaside
Maker culture and design
Museum and heritage management and material collections
Hyperreality and light shows
Urban myths post-truth unreality staged authenticity fakery hyperreality virtual alternative reality gritty cities Bohemia positive placebo effect dreamscape film embodiment lighting architecture illusion phantasmagoria heritage materialities pastiche restoration recreation forgery magical reality backstage real-fake gentrification inauthentication artisanal façade original commodification unreality puppetry parody suspend disbelief irreality
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