Why gather? The luxury of time and space

Scholze, Jana (2017) Why gather? The luxury of time and space. In: Nouveau Reach : Past, Present and Future of Luxury; 11 - 14 May 2017, Toronto, Canada. (Unpublished)


Why gather? The Luxury of Sharing Time and Space In a world, were direct contact seems to be replaceable by virtual gatherings and digitally enhanced realities, and when we are sceptical about whether the recorded debate we listen to actually happened rather than being cut, pasted and edited, direct contact can be seen as a rare event of true and life interaction and exchange. But have ‘real-time’ or ‘life’ events indeed become an exclusivity or the ‘true’ luxury of our times? Why do we bother to coordinate busy schedules and travel thousands of miles to meet? Have we understood the importance and irreplaceability of actual events that allow selected groups of people to share a specific space to interact directly and experience something together? This paper wants to interrogate notions of luxury and necessity in sharing time and space through the concept of performativity in current art and design practice.

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