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Professor Kay Politowicz at The British Academy

Prof. Kay Politowicz

Professor Kay Politowicz has recently contributed to a panel discussion on ‘The Changing face of Value’ hosted by The Cultural Capital Exchange (TCCE) at The British Academy as part of the Inside Out Festival this October.

In a 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, including how the digital world is shaping our social and cultural values, the shift of values from the enduring to the ephemeral, and even the future of value itself.

Kay Politowicz’s presentation focused on the need for “a consumer acceptance of– and enthusiasm for – the designed lifespan of a product”, and was followed by a discussion with the fellow panelists and the audience.

Chaired by Professor Evelyn Welch, MBE (Vice-Principal, Arts and Sciences, King’s College London), panellists included: Professor Kay Politowicz (Textiles, Environment Design Research Group, Chelsea College of Arts), Jessi Baker (designer and technologist and founder of Project Provenance) and Jonathan Schifferes (RSA).