In this period of, arguably, unprecedented economic, technological and social change, 'The Changing Face of Value' set out to explore and critique how our sense of value and values may be shifting or indeed completely changing. The discussion probed and challenged our understandings of what is valued by whom and why in the 21st century.
Bringing together a diverse range of experts from within and outside the Academy, this timely debate presented a compelling range of perspectives on the following themes:
The digital world: is it shaping our social and cultural values, and if so, how?,
The apparent rise in value of notions such as 'authenticity', 'openness' and 'connectivity',
The value of objects and new forms of material culture,
The shift of values from the enduring to the ephermeral,
The future of value itself.
The speakers were:
Chair: Professor Evelyn Welch, MBE (Vice-Principal, Arts and Sciences, King's College London),
Panellist: Professor Kay Politowicz (Textiles, Environment Design Research Group, Chelsea College of Art and Design),
Panellist: Jessi Baker (designer and technologist and founder of Project Provenance),
Panellist: Jonathan Schifferes (RSA),
Panellist: Professor Roger Lee (Queen Mary, University of London),
Panellist: Nigel Tonks (Arup).
'The Changing Face of Value' is part of Culture Capital Exchange's 'Inside Out' Festival.