Barbican Open Salon: The Art of Being Alone

Olivia Laing in conversation with Andrew Graham-Dixon

8 March 2016 / 19:30
Frobisher Auditorium 1

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What does it mean to be lonely in a city full of people? Does technology help us to connect or trap us behind our screens? And can art bring us closer together? 

Author and critic Olivia Laing conducts a fascinating enquiry into what it means to be alone in a world where many of us live cheek by jowl, and friendship, sex and love are never more than a click away.

Inspired by the lives and works of artists from Edward Hopper to Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin to Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Wojnarowicz to Henry Darger, Olivia’s new book The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone explores how loneliness is at the heart of human existence and how it might be redeemed by the magical possibilities of art.

In conversation with Andrew Graham-Dixon.

In association with Canongate.


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