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The Emperor's New Art


From the masks and jewellery of the Pharaohs to contemporary painting, art has always been valued above almost all else. Yet it has no practical purpose. Has money chased art because, with no objective measure, art is victim to limitless hype and fashion, or are gold baubles and diamond skulls of genuinely great value?
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Could beauty be real rather than subjective?

Speakers: Stephen Bayley, Angela Breitenbach, Alastair Reynolds
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Do we have too much choice?

Speakers: Lou Marinoff, Renata Salecl, Lynne Segal
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Does censorship create great art?

Speakers: Jenny Boyd, Allen Jones, Anders Sandberg
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Is violence ever a justifiable political strategy?

Speakers: Finn Mackay, Neel Mukherjee, John Sauven
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Is honesty a fantasy?

Speakers: Rae Langton, Tom Sorell, Sophie Van Der Zee
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The rise of independent cinema

Speakers: Mike Figgis, Beeban Kidron, Michael Nyman