When: Thursday, 7 April 2011
Where: Auckland Museum
Online Bookings: $20
(plus $3 booking fee)
Members: 2-for-1 tickets
Entry via Southern Atrium
Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
This year’s season of LATE at the Museum sees us respond to topical issues and collection and exhibition themes.
With protests spreading from Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria and Libya, the LATE panel will discuss the notion of a “Twitter Revolution”. Are these new cultural tools providing the message or the means and is it still the revolution of the ages: old versus the new, rich versus the poor?
The panel features political lecturer Dr Nigel Parsons and Cairo-born sociology researcher Ahmed Tarek Bahgat Abaza with moderator Finlay Macdonald. Ahmed Tarek Ola-abaza will also stage an electronic music and video tribute to Africa and the Arab world.
At the height of the Egyptian protests against Mubarak’s rule the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam director Philip N. Howard said: “Mobile phone networks and digital networks are what savvy students and civil society leaders use to spread their message.” At the first LATE of 2011 our panellists discuss the role of the new cultural communication tools, such as Twitter and Facebook, in a revolution. Although many commentators have mocked the “exaggerated influence” of social media, the internet has been recognised as an extremely efficient way for protestors to send both political and logistical messages. More about the Panel »
Also a speaker for this LATE event, Abaza will stage an electronic music and video tribute to Africa and the Arab World. His musical influences include Autechre, Laurie Anderson, Jean Michel Jarre and Philip Glass.
Please enter through the Grand Foyer. Food and a cash bar will be available.