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Lunchtime Video: Jenny Odell on A Life Beyond the Clock

Wednesday January 17th
Doors open 12.45pm; Video starts 1pm.
Library open for readers until 5pm (please no laptops or other devices)

Every Wednesday in January, we'll be showing recorded lectures at lunchtime in our ground floor space. Kairos will then be open all afternoon for anyone who would like to stay on and read in our library.

In this talk (delivered in March 2023 for the Long Now Foundation), Jenny Odell, artist, writer and author of 'Saving Time', explores the different types of time we inhabit - including industrial time, ecological and geological time and the time of one's own mortality - and shows the irreconcilability between modern artificially-constructed time pressures and engagement with planetary-scale crisis.

Citing examples found on a route around the San Francisco Bay area, she shows how time and history have made the material and cultural world we live in, and that by extension what we do now is historical. Of 'Saving Time' she says: "This book is my sincere attempt to recover an appetite for the future, as someone who lives squeezed between daily time scarcity, climate despair and the knowledge of their own mortality. It's my panoramic assault on Nihilism.

Kairos, 84 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TG

Free entry. No booking required. Bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee for sale. Please note that Kairos is a vegan space.