IAN BOGOST Ironoia: The Mistrust of Things Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus. Map. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP here.
About the Lecture There has been much talk of irony as an aesthetic penchant, an affectation of hipsters, and a failure to be earnest or true to oneself. But this critique of irony is hardly new—we’ve been hearing it incessantly for two decades – and it is not even really clear what irony is, anyway. A concept that is millennia old has slipped through many different meanings over time.
Combining his expertise in video games, philosophy, technology, and cultural critique, Ian Bogost will present a revised theory of irony that addresses the failure to earnestly encounter the outside world. In this lecture Bogost will ask and, at least in part, answer a series of questions that orient objects at the center.
About the Lecturer Dr. Ian Bogost is an author and award-winning game designer. He is the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Bogost is also founding partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where he writes regularly about technology and popular culture.
Bogost’s video games about social and political issues cover topics as varied as airport security, suburban errands, pandemic flu, and tort reform. His independent games include Cow Clicker, a Facebook game that was the subject of a Wired magazine feature, and A Slow Year, a collection of video game poems for Atari VCS, Windows, and Mac, which won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 IndieCade Festival. Bogost is currently working on a forthcoming book about living playfully in an age of irony.
The Humor Lecture Series Throughout the fall 2015 and spring 2016 this lecture series will focus on the application of comedy, parody, irony, play, and wit as instruments of communication and experimentation in art, design, and culture. As a fundamental element of the human experience, humor crosses nations and histories. Humor exists in a boundary-blurring space where joy and anguish meet, allowing creators to reveal the severity and ridiculousness of contemporary life.
VASD Program The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program explores critical, diverse, and creative inquiry. This interdisciplinary initiative enriches the academic experience at RMCAD and serves the greater Denver-metro community.
For more information, to watch lectures from our past series, and to explore the Program archive, please go to our website at vasd.rmcad.edu.