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Marquard Smith - 'Research in the Age of Digital Searchability'
12 December 2013, 4:30pm, G230, Grove Building, Hendon Campus

Marquard Smith - The Work of Research in the Age of Digital Searchability and Distributability

ADRI Seminar - Marquard Smith

What is it to conduct research in the second decade of the 21st century? How have recent shifts in paradigms of knowledge generation and distribution – especially around the archive and the Internet – transformed what we as researchers do, and in fact even our very capacity to do it? And how is this conditioned by the emergence of our late capitalist global algorithmic knowledge economy, and the internet with its operations of searchability and distributability? In this paper I will argue that being in the thrall of the archive has dangerous consequences, and I will propose dissenting ways through which we might navigate our way fractiously and productively through such a predicament.


Dr. Marquard Smith is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Culture. Up until recently Founding Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster, from November 2013 he has been Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies in the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art, London. Marq's research on the human in the art, visual, and material culture of capitalist modernity has been widely published and lead to close collaboration with artists and designers.