In a society ruled by algorithms, data is always at play. The drive towards the quantification of everything means that we are all contributing to a state of permanent capture of life into data. As citizens, workers and players of the networks we (often involuntarily) double as sensors for bodies of global data collection, working for the potential extraction of value everywhere and increasing the productivity of everyday life.
The digital revolution was a dinner party but its afterglow is not. Die utopischen Versprechen hochauflösender audiovisueller Daten, elektronischer Echtzeit-Kommunikation und unendlicher Speichermöglichkeiten sind ins Wanken geraten. Noch immer locken diese Phänomene mit der Hochglanz-Ästhetik des Digitalen. Doch in einer Welt, in der „Big Data“ auch der „Big Brother“ massenhafter Überwachung ist und „Clouds“ aus Metallen und Mineralien, also echtem Erdmaterial, gemacht sind, zeigen sie ihr wahres Gesicht.
This panel discussion marks the launch of AVANT, a web publication and forum for discussion around transdisciplinary ideas. In response to a culture of immediacy, AVANT strives to illuminate the complex relations underlying larger narratives and project the potential impact of research-based practices.
Start browsing through the transmediale 2014 programme. Soon, details of the last wave of events and participants will be published (available also in German). For an overview of our highlights as well as outlines of our exhibition, performance, conference and screening programmes, read our programme overview.
When billboards and advertising screens are the first to be unplugged after earthquakes, it again becomes evident, how those are only being used for commercial content. How can screens and media façades then become platforms for artistic and cultural interventions in urban space?