Desperately Seeking Lauren
September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
This talk is co-organised by M+ and Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Desperately Seeking Lauren: Yeewan Koon in Conversation with Angela Su
In response to her 2022 Venice Biennale presentation, Angela Su produced an installation of more than 400 items on loan from the archives of Lauren O at the Esalen Institute in California. However, very little is known about this enigmatic figure who was arguably involved in a 1967 plan to levitate the Pentagon in protest of the Vietnam War. Who is Lauren O? How is this obscure levitator from 1960s America relevant to the world that we live in today?
Su, together with Dr Yeewan Koon, who has conducted extensive research on Lauren O, will take a deep dive into the counterculture of the 1960s in the US. Their conversation will cover the confluence of social movements, psychedelics, supernatural and popularisation of technology that gave rise to a fascinating era of change and infinite possibilities. Through Lauren O’s cosmological views and her vision of the future, one could also make sense of Su’s own practice, in particular, her fascination with worldbuilding.