Shona Illingworth: ‘Topologies of Air’ UK launch and panel discussion

Friday 10 February
16:00 – 18:00 GMT
Imperial War Museum Lambeth Road London SE1 6HZ
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For this event, Shona will be joined by Anthony Downey, Conor Gearty KC (Hon), Nick Grief, Andrew Hoskins, Matt Lee and Catherine Loveday for a roundtable discussion about the book and upcoming events related to the Airspace Tribunal.

Informed by Illingworth’s long-term investigations into individual and societal amnesia, and cultural erasure, Shona Illingworth: Topologies of Air (2022) critically examines the devastating psychological and environmental impacts of military, industrial and corporate transformations of airspace and outer space. Through the development of a proposed new human right, the project is closely connected to the Airspace Tribunal, a series of international public hearings that brought together diverse disciplines, epistemologies and lived experiences to develop the proposal for a new human right to protect the freedom to live without physical or psychological threat from above.

  • 16:30: Introduction by Shona Illingworth and Nick Grief
  • 16:40: Presentation of the book by Anthony Downey
  • 16:50 Panel Discussion, chaired by Andrew Hoskins with responses from Conor Gearty, Matt Lee, Catherine Loveday, and Anthony Downey
  • 17:20: Questions and Discussion
  • 18: 00: Drinks

Speaker Biographies

  • Shona Illingworth is a Danish-Scottish artist and Professor of Art, Film and Media at the University of Kent. 
  • Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa at Birmingham City University. 
  • Conor Gearty KC (Hon) is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and a barrister at Matrix Chambers, as well as Vice-President for Social Sciences at the British Academy. 
  • Andrew Hoskins is Professor of Global Security at the University of Glasgow. 
  • Nick Grief is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Kent and formerly practised as a barrister from Doughty Street Chambers, London, where he is now an Honorary Associate Tenant. 
  • Matt Lee is a film historian and Head of Film at the Imperial War Museums. 
  • Catherine Loveday is Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Westminster, London.

Read “Calculating Skies: Topologies of Air and the Airspace Tribunal”, an essay by Anthony Downey on Shona Illingworth’s practice.