Poetics and Politics of Data

HeK, Basel, Switzerland
Curator: Sabine Himmelsbach
Artists: Christopher Baker, Aram Bartholl, Paolo Cirio, R. Luke DuBois, Ellie Harrison, Marc Lee, Bernhard Hopfengärtner & Ludwig Zeller, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Kristin Lucas, Moniker, Jennifer Lyn Morone, RYBN, Erica Scourti
2015, http://www.hek.ch/

Exhibited Artwork

Pic-Me - Fly to the Locations Where Users Send Posts

Online project

With Pic-Me you can virtually fly to the locations from where users send randomly selected posts to Instagram, thus creating another view on how the media handles posts on social networks. One might describe these posts – images or short videos accompanied by comments, tags and geolocalization – as a kind of digital small talk or personal conversation. Different than face to face conversations more …

Head of young boy with shaped hear but visible apple logo and text: Poetics and Politics of Data

Poetics and Politics of Data

Merian, Christoph Verlag, HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel)
Book softcover, 272 pages, 83 mainly colour illustrations, 17 x 24 cm
Deutsch, English
Sabine Himmelsbach, Claudia Mareis (ed.)
ISBN 978-3-85616-681-6

Poetics and Politics of Data reflects life in a world increasingly controlled by data and presents artistic positions that aim to make continuous streams of data visible – whether using Internet-based installations or graphic data visualizations. The participating artists question the relevance and place of the individual in a technologically connected society in which every day, each of us generates a nearly incomprehensible amount of data: Our every move on the Internet leaves behind a digital trace. In critical essays, Orit Halpern, Sabine Himmelsbach, Lev Manovich, Claudia Mareis, Ramón Reichert and Roberto Simanowski explore the phenomena of ‹Big Data› and ‹Data Mining› and pose critical questions about the ambivalence of life in a «datified» world.

I can't think of any other book that pinpoints in such a wide-ranging and critical way the topic of politics and data. This is a solid publication that goes beyond its simple role of being an art catalogue. (Régine Debatty, www.we-make-money-not-art.com, 25.8.2015)
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