Ziya Tong

Ziya Tong

The Reality Bubble: What Are We Not Seeing?

FoI at Waterstones/
Thu 06 February 2020
19:00-20:10
Waterstones
Price: £8/ £6

Ziya Tong

The Reality Bubble: What Are We Not Seeing?

Ziya Tong
Thu 06 February 2020,
19:00-20:10
Waterstones
Price: £8/ £6

Ziya Tong discusses some of the biggest misconceptions we hold about the world around us and how we can address them. What percentage of your DNA came from a factory? Why does so much of our oil come from the Middle East? How did Cold War nuclear bombs help solve a detective mystery? Where does our food really come from – and where does our waste go? What are we not seeing?

We are blind in comparison to the technology we have created – x-rays, mass spectrometers, high-tech surveillance systems – and compared to the animals that can see in infrared, ultraviolet or with 360-degree vision. But we’re also blind in our knowledge of the systems that inform our everyday lives, either because that information has been hidden from us, or because we’ve chosen to ignore it. Tong illuminates these hidden worlds, taking us on a journey to examine some of humanity’s biggest blind spots. In conversation with Madhu Krishnan.

This event launches a new series of monthly shorts from Rising Arts Agency called Home Grown. At the start of selected Festival of Ideas events throughout 2020 we’ll highlight important voices from a diverse community of young leaders situated across the city. We begin with:

Leadership Blindspots 
Euella Jackson is the Engagement Producer at Rising Arts Agency, a social enterprise run by young creative thinkers in Bristol advocating for sector and cultural change through research projects, industry consultation and creative agency services. In her talk, Euella will be exploring the role of young people as the key to innovative decision-making.

Image credit: Noel Fox

How to Book/

Online booking is via Ticketsource and managed by Festival of Ideas. Please use the contact function in Ticketsource or get in touch with any online booking queries. Tickets are also available to buy in person at Waterstones Bristol Galleries or on 0117 925 2274. Waterstones Loyalty Card holders can purchase tickets at the concession rate in person at the Galleries shop.

Please note that you will be asked of proof for your eligibility for a concession ticket. Concessions apply to Full Time Students, Job Seekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit claimants, over 60s and disabled people. Staff, students or members at the following organisations: Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, University of Bristol and UWE can purchase tickets at the Partner Rate. Please note that no refunds/exchanges are possible for tickets already purchased at the higher price.

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