AboutTALKAOKE is a pop-up talk show that has been gaining popularity in festivals, clubs, galleries, conferences and other public urban spaces. It consists of an illuminated round table with a host sitting in the middle on a swivel chair. Participants sit around the outside and are passed the microphone whenever they want to talk, coming and going as they please. The conversation is a journey from one unexpected subject to another. It can be topical, funny, deep, out-there, or all of the above. The participants must come up with the topics and it is up to the host to keep everyone engaged. Talkaoke is a great chance to hear the latest ideas that people are talking about and to generate and discover new ones (http://www.talkaoke.com/). For Happiness Now? we have invited Dr. Nina Power (writer, activist and senior lecturer at Roehampton University) as featured guest.
MIKEY WEINKOVE (co-founder of The People Speak artist collective) is an artist, raconteur, inventor, and chat show host. He is the originator of Talkaoke and has toured the world hosting it in a huge variety of ods of non-directive discussion that are central to The People Speak's ethos.
Dr. NINA POWER is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University and the author of One-Dimensional Woman (Zer0 Books). She is the co-editor of Alain Badiou's On Beckett (Clinamen) and the author of several articles on European Philosophy, atomism, pedagogy, art and politics. Nina also writes for several magazines, including New Statesman, New Humanist, Cabinet, Radical Philosophy and The Philosophers' Magazine. She also broadcasts on Resonance FM on Sundays (The Hour of Power) and runs a film club (Kino Fist) in her spare time.