Lecture by W.J.T. Mitchell "Present Tense 2020: An iconology of time"

W.J.T. Mitchell

17:00 - 18:30

Paleis der Academiën

Hertogsstraat 1 - 1000 Brussels

Digital lecture by W.J.T. Mitchell

“Present Tense 2020: For an Iconology of Time” is a reflection on the perennial  philosophical question of temporality, situated in the present moment of simultaneous global crises. Instead of asking the traditional (and unanswerable) question, “what is time?” this talk asks how we picture time—and the present moment—in metaphors, patterns, forms, and iconic events. What can we learn from an anachronistic coupling of contemporary images and media spectacles with ancient figures of time such as Kronos, Kairos, and Aion? How have different scales of time—climate change, political cycles, the course of a pandemic, the “split second” of police decision making—converged to produce an epoch of special historic intensity, especially in the United States?  Why is the present moment, the year 2020, an especially good time for thinking about time? 

Registration required to receive the livestream link or, alternatively, attend the digital lecture in the Palace of the Academies, Brussels (limited seats available).


17:00 Introduction

17:05 Digital lecture by W.J.T. Mitchell

18:10 Debate

18:30 End

 Activity in the context of the think cycle Image Science.

Lieven Gevaert Centre
KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts
Blijde Inkomststraat 21 pb 3313
B-3000 Leuven

Lieven Gevaert Centre
UC Louvain, Archéologie et d'histoire d'art
FIAL - Place Blaise Pascal 1 bte L3.03.13
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve