Keynote Lecture @ Torrance Festival of Ideas

Mark Shepard kicked off this year’s Torrance Festival of Ideas with a lecture based on his recent book There Are No Facts. He addressed how attentive algorithms and extractive data practices are shaping space, influencing behavior, and colonizing everyday life. Articulating post-truth territory as an architectural and infrastructural condition, the talk examines how these spatial architectures of attention and data mining are in turn situated within broader histories of empiricism, objectivity, science, colonialism, and perception.