viv002 Fireside Chat: Bryan Alexander


When: 17:05 – 19:25 on Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Where: Temporary, Kolmas linja 7, yläsali, sisäpiha, 00530 Helsinki, Finland

This is the first experiment at Temporary by Convivial Mechanics. We hope that it will be the first of an irregular series of fireside chats. The format will be simple. People will bring their own cushions to sit on. They will bring a snack to share. We will bring a pretend fireplace. There will be a conversation between two people that will open out into a roomwide discussion. We will livestream the chat and make the video available for posterity at the convivial mechanics website. The topics will be connected, in one way or another, to the idea that we are “stories all the way down”.

The first fireside chat will test the format and, if it works, we will return to propose a full series.


The pilot will centre around the work of Bryan Alexander, and specifically his interest in uncanny valley-like memes, which you can find here. Bryan is in Helsinki for a week and we want to hear what he has to say about the fact that “we haunt every medium we make”.

Owen Kelly will play the part of the host, and conversation will ensue.