Black Swans, Butterflies and Elephants: Lecture-performance by Jayson C. Jimenez and Ida Roscher

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Black Swans, Butterflies and Elephants: Lecture-performance by Jayson C. Jimenez and Ida Roscher

Description

25 Jan 2019, Fri 09:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Block 38 Malan Road #01-05

As part of the Acts of Life Public Programme, Jimenez and Roscher will deliver an interventionist lecture-performance against a projected backdrop of metaphorical swans, butterflies and elephants. Jimenez and Roscher’s is an artistic collaboration borne out of the Acts of Life critical research residency. Combining their respective interests in risk models and urban futures, they borrow from the theoretical metaphor of the black swan to describe different modes of governance. Taking the symbol of the black swan as a point of departure, Jimenez and Roscher go on to develop their own semiotic terminology of urban risk attitudes. While they characterize Singapore’s resilient (to the point of obsessive) mode of governance as an example of the black swan model, they use the term ‘black elephant’ as a juxtaposed description for Manila, that in their minds reflects a resistant model of governance in which predictable systemic risks go unheeded by government agencies. Extrapolating from the black swan and the black elephant, Jimenez and Roscher then propose a third symbol, the ‘white butterfly’, as emblematic of the potential for mobile shifts of agency within subjectivities facing threats of complex collapse.

A public programme of Acts of Life.

Date

2019-01-25

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Short Description

As part of the Acts of Life Public Programme, Jimenez and Roscher will deliver an interventionist lecture-performance against a projected backdrop of metaphorical swans, butterflies and elephants.

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Audience

General

Location

Onsite (CCA)

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No

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No

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No

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Citation

“Black Swans, Butterflies and Elephants: Lecture-performance by Jayson C. Jimenez and Ida Roscher,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed December 9, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/4214.