The challenge of technology - the peril and delight of reducing the world to data

  1. Jer Thorp, Future Everything 2015
    “In his talk, data artist Jer Thorp discussed how to make the term ‘data’ work for us, and where it is necessary to break the rules around what we think about data. Removing data from its biggest constraint - objectivity - Jer looks at where we can place it into the subjective to see our lived experience of being in a world saturated with data. Giving examples of his work exploring twitter, location and personal data, Jer shows where our data is taken from us, how we can gain control over it, and where we can glean meaning from the information we capture.”
    FutureEverything 20th Anniversary Festival: 25-28 February 2015
    Manchester Town Hall

  2. Tactical Technology Collective, Elevate Festival, 2015
    The Politics of Data in a Quantified Society
    Speakers: Stephanie Hankey (UK), Marek Tuszynski (PL)

  3. Oct. 2015 at Forum Stadtpark, Graz
    “While privacy and surveillance remain at the forefront of critical discussions around data collection, these discussions are happening in silo's with very narrow narratives. There is much more at stake. Information hierarchies are the basis for new social norms that privilege a logic of all that is quantifiable and collectible. There is a „collect it all“ strategy driving the business models of companies and institutions that is creating an information asymmetry between the data subjects and data holders. This forges the way for extended public private partnerships and therefore new power dynamics. This „obsessive collection“ of data manifests itself in unusual ways from the micro to the macro: mattresses that collect data on our body temperature and sleep movements, mobile flash light apps that collect our location data, algorithms that predict the next generation of criminals and monitor the telephone communications of entire countries. This raises fundamental questions about living in a quantified society. Who owns this data? How it is is traded? aggregated and stored? Who makes the decisions and how? Now that we are loosing the distinction between on-line and off-line life, how are relationships between ourselves and others changing? And ultimately how does this change our societies?”

  4. How Data Can Save Lives, TED Playlist
    “An exploration of what we can do to save the world with the massive amounts of data collected every day.”
    Includes: Sanjay Pradhan, Mallory Freeman, Beth Noveck, Susan Etlinger

    Shannon Mattern at Eyeo 2018
    “In this talk Shannon surveys a variety of sites where the ethereal and datalogical become material — and where built and natural environments become informational. Additionally, she considers those dimensions of thought and experience that resist containment, as well as the politics of imposing order. How do our conceptual architectures manifest themselves in the everyday? How, for instance, might a data model scale up to an urban plan; or how might boxes and shelves, buildings and spreadsheets contain our thinkable thoughts?”
    Shannon is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt, all published by University of Minnesota Press.

  6. Art made of data, TED Playlist
    “Seeing patterns and creating beauty — data visualization has become an art form. Meet pioneering artists who use spreadsheets, archives and digital data as their paints and canvas.”
    Includes: Aaron Koblin, Golan Levin, Frederic Kaplan, Natalie Miebach, David McCandless

    | Meredith Whittaker at Eyeo 2018 |
    “Meredith is the executive director and co-founder of the AI Now Institute, which produces interdisciplinary research on the social implications of artificial intelligence and acts as a hub for the emerging field focused on these issues. Housed at New York University, The AI Now Institute’s research focuses on four key domains: rights and liberties, labor and automation, bias and inclusion, and safety and critical infrastructure.
    This talk will examine the data that trains and shapes AI systems. Where does it come from? Who makes it? Who gets to say what it "represents", and what kinds of knowledge and experience are beyond the bounds of such representation? We will look at how close readings of such data might help us better understand issues of bias, fairness, and power at a time when AI systems are making increasingly significant decisions across core social and economic domains.”

    Giorgia Lupi at Eyeo 2018 |
    “An award winning information designer, Giorgia challenges the impersonality of data, designing engaging visual narratives that re-connect numbers to what they stand for: stories, people, ideas. Through her professional and artistic practice over the years, she’s learned that data not only can describe the objective world, but it can especially grasp and illustrate aspects of our life that we hardly associate with numbers. Presenting her most recent projects and collaborations, she shares how she looks at data as a lens to better understand our human nature, and explore ways to humanize data so it speaks our language. She also provides a look into her ongoing experiments in representing data to evoke empathy and emotions besides providing knowledge and understanding and transform even the driest quantitative analysis into a moment of humanity and poetry. Hear how she’s developed and narrowed the focus of her research and the craft of her practice, and about an endless fascination for all the data we don’t see.”

  9. Mimi Onuoha at Eyeo 2017
    How We Became Machine Readable |

“What if the structure of information reveals more than the information itself? What if the most crucial aspect of a dataset is the moment before it becomes one? This talk is about the messy spaces between categorization and collection, as explored through a series of projects that aim to reveal the ways in which we are being and have always been abstracted, represented, classified, and forgotten.”

  1. Zach Lieberman at Eyeo 2017

  2. Landscapes of the Future: Daan Roosegaarde
    Daan Roosegaarde delivers an interactive keynote presentation exploring the social role of design and the importance of ‘Schoonheid’ (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness), along with his vision for the future.
    Presented as part of Melbourne Design Week 2019

  3. Meet the Artist: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - Hirshhorn Museum
    The Hirshhorn’s largest interactive technology exhibition to date features three major installations from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse series. The show will be the DC debut for the Mexican-Canadian artist, who is known for blurring the lines between art, technology, and design. Lozano-Hemmer will fill the Museum’s entire Second Level with immersive environments that use heart-rate sensors to create kinetic and audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. At a time when biometry is used increasingly for identification and control, this data constitutes a new way of representing both anonymity and community. Lozano-Hemmer delivered this artist lecture on Oct. 30, 2018.

  4. Terms and conditions may apply
    Cullen Hoback / 2013
    Have you ever read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies connected to every website you visit, phone call you make, or app you use? Of course you haven’t. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information you could never even imagine. What are you really agreeing to when you click “I accept”?

  5. When Art and Analytics Overlap - Golan Levin - May 23, 2013
    “Big Data is defined as the real time collection, analyses, and visualization of vast amounts of information. In the hands of Data Scientists this raw information is fueling a revolution which many people believe may have as big an impact on humanity going forward as the Internet has over the past two decades. Its enabling us to sense, measure, and understand aspects of our existence in ways never before possible.
    The Human Face of Big Data captures an extraordinary revolution sweeping, almost invisibly, through business, academia, government, healthcare, and everyday life.”

  6. Our Stories are Written on the Land
    Jackson 2bears, March 15 to 17, 2017 | Montreal |
    Jackson 2bears, a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist and cultural theorist Arts in a Digital World Summit Presentation ,

    Collectors, art marketplaces, and artists have become increasingly invested in tracking provenance and verifying authorship as more art is being created and sold digitally. In this discussion, art and technology specialists will cover authentication, data transparency and their impact on value in the digital realm.

    Janelle Shane

“Janelle’s neural network blog,, features algorithms that try to invent human things like recipes, paint colors, and Halloween costumes. Their struggles produce a characteristic sort of humor and an unexpected creativity. In this talk she addresses various questions about machine learning and AI. What is a reasonable project to tackle with a neural network? What alternative approaches might work better? What kinds of results might one expect from a given dataset? What do neural networks actually understand about the data they're given?”

  1. Word Breakers: Rewordable and The Raw Material of Word Games (2018), 42 min
    Allison Parrish at Practice
    “Many game designers take it as axiomatic that the atomic unit of English word-building games should be the individual letter. This talk addresses the design process of Rewordable, a word game that instead uses short sequences of one, two and three letters as its atomic units, selected through a process that combines computational language analysis and rigorous play-testing, in order to create a unique and engaging kind of word-building game.
    Allison is a computer programmer, poet, educator and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet, with a focus on artificial intelligence and computational creativity. She is a Teacher at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she earned her master’s degree in 2008.”

  2. City Everywhere : Stories from the Post-Anthropocene
    Liam Young (2018) 44 min,
    Lecture/Performance from MUTEK IMG 2018
    “Liam Young is a speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is cofounder of Tomorrows' Thoughts Today, an urban futures think tank, exploring the local and global implications of new technologies and Unknown Fields, a nomadic research studio that travels on expeditions to chronicle these emerging conditions as they occur on the ground.”

  3. James Bridle
    Turbulence, Big Data, AI, Fake News, and Peak Knowledge
    “James Bridle is a British writer and artist living in Greece. His work explores the impact of technology on society, law, geography, politics, and culture. His Drone Shadow installations have appeared on city streets worldwide, he has mapped deportation centres with CGI, designed new kinds of citizenship based on online behaviour. and used neural networks and satellite images to predict election results. A New Dark Age is an exploration of what we can no longer know about the world, and what we can do about it.”

  4. Ingrid Burrington
    The Influencers festival 2018

"I think about my work more in relationship to landscape and cosmology than I do to computers and information technologies. The construction of what gets called "the environment" is basically an epic large scale work of deeply problematic and sometimes incoherent performative installation art, and the ways that people manipulate or transform ecologies and nonhuman living things–either in abstractions like maps or in physical transformations like open-pit mines–can tell you a lot about how humans think about each other and themselves."

The challenge of technology - the peril…

Some Body - Of the diversity of our physicality and materiality

2 x 1)Artificial Imagination: art making in the age of the algorithm
Session Two: the body, sensation, movement and machine intelligence
Kristin Anne Carlson, Davide Rokeby and Chris Salter, moderated by Nell Tenhaff

2) Open House Lecture: Janet Cardiff, “An Overview of Installations and Walks”

3) Dr. Afroditi Psarra at Eyeo 2017
E-textiles: Hand-Crafting Technological Artifacts

4)[email protected]: Camille Utterback: Designing for Humans – an Artist’s Perspective

5)Stelarc - Art, Design and Future of Humanity

6) Lecture – Shadows of the Absent Body with Judith Butler

7) Radical Visions - with Eduardo Kac | Virtual Futures Salon

2 x 8)Donna Haraway: "From Cyborgs to Companion Species"

9) Golan Levin | Interactive Art, Computational Design, and Speculative Human-Computer Interaction

10) MtMG | Anouk Wipprecht | English language

11) Performance Beyond the Body
Ed Atkins, Artist, Berlin; Jay Pather, Adjunct Curator for Performance, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator of Performa, New York

12) Marina Abramovic public lecture “Artist Body / Public Body”

13) Conversation with Chris Burden

14) Slavoj Žižek: "Violence" | Talks at Google

15) Xin Liu at Eyeo 2017
Alter the Perception of Self

16) Melissa Mongiat — Collective Experiences

17)Seduced & Abandoned: The Body in the Virtual World -The Body As Metaphor (1994)

18) Maryam Monalisa Gharavi - Face/Less: Human, Inhuman, Abhuman

Some Body - Of the diversity of our phy…

Interactivity is so passé

1) Art Basel- Conversations - Public/Private | Institutions for Time-based Art
RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator of Performa, New York; Otobong Nkanga, Artist, Antwerp/Berlin; Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern, London Moderator: Andras Szanto, Author and Cultural Consultant, New York

2) Blast theory - SCI-FI ON THE STREET
Matt Adams from at Eyeo 2018 |

3) Steve Lambert at Eyeo 2017
Pro Bono Mercenary for Justice |

4) Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Antimonuments and Subsculptures

5) Claire Bishop - Participation and Spectacle

6) Arts numériques et magie - Dominique Moulon

7) Markus Miessen - The Nightmare of Participation

8) Peter Weibel, Director of ZKM

9) Claire Bishop - Is everyone a performer?

10) Art of the Networked Practice, Online Symposium, Co-Chaired by Randall Packer & Vibeke Sorensen
Keynote: “Networked Performance Histories: Experiments in Cybernetic Existentialism”
Steve Dixon, Artist & President, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

11) Hyphen Labs at EyeO Festival

12) Katrin Gattinger @ PRATICABLE - De la participation à l’interaction dans l’art contemporain
Colloque | 10 octobre 2017 | 10h - 19h
Auditorium Colbert de l'Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA)

13) Simon Penny - Designing Embodied Interaction: Aesthetic, Technical and Theoretical Issues

14) Christophe Leclercq (Enseignant à l’École du Louvre, chercheur associé au médialab de Sciences Po), «E.A.T. datascape, un instrument pour sonder la complexité des travaux réalisés en commun »

15) Allan Kaprow - How to Make a Happening (LP)

16) Guy Debord - La société du spectacle

17) Digital Imagery in the Urban Space - MUTEK_IMG 2018

18) Connecting Cities symposium: From In/Visible City to Open Source City

Interactivity is so passé