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Free Thinking - Rauschenberg - performance, identity and the writings of Erving Goffman.

Philip Dodd, Tom McCarthy, Susie Scott, Daniel Glaser and Dexter Dalwood discuss identity today through the lens of literature, art and everyday 21st century life.

What price the self in the 21st century? We may be living in the age of the "selfie" and of social media narcissism but is there anything fixed about the self? Philip Dodd and his guests, the novelist, Tom McCarthy, the sociologist, Susie Scott, the neuroscientist, Daniel Glaser and the painter, Dexter Dalwood explore the notion of identity today taking in the major Rauschenberg retrospective at Tate Modern, Erving Goffman's seminal work of sociology, The Presentation of the Self in Everyday Life and the way we all use words to constantly make and remake our selves.

Robert Rauschenberg runs at Tate Modern from December 1st until April 2nd 2017.
Dexter Dalwood's art is on show at the Saatchi Gallery in an exhibition called Painters' Painters which runs from 30 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017.
Tom McCarthy's novels include C and Satin Island

Producer: Zahid Warley.

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45 minutes