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#080 WE ARE DATA

Curator: Arjon Dunnewind. This programme has been curated for the WERKLEITZ FESTIVAL 2018 “Holen und Bringen”.

With each gesture we make and every act we undertake we transfer information, information that is part of our interaction with the people that are close to us and with the institutions and concepts that define our society. In the past these processes mostly happened directly from one human to the other, without an intermediate. Only the most important communications were recorded and archived, in contracts, treaties, paintings or books.

With technological developments in the 20th century, the invention of the Internet and the rise of big data, this situation has changed radically. We have created systems that record and archive almost everything we do and virtual realms to mirror the physical world we live in. We’ve filled our habitats with datafied objects and more and more we have become sets of data ourselves. What we do and how we express ourselves is tracked, quantified and coded. The datafied individual is categorised and stored in massive databases that are built and managed by companies and governments.

They tell us that they want to “connect us” and provide us with better services, but they are also there to make profit and control us. We are allowing ourselves to be commodified and manipulated in systems of predictive analytics and micro-targeting and the amounts of private data we are handing over every day of our life is unprecedented. What will happen now that the way these systems function is determined more and more by artificial intelligence and algorithms?

 

Films in this programme

The Expression of Hands (Der Ausdruck der Hände)
Harun Farocki
(DE 1997, 30:00 mins)
Historically, the cinema close-up was initially employed to convey emotions through facial expressions. But soon filmmakers also began...
A Dialogue with Cyberspace
Brian den Hartog
(BE/NL 2018, 14:00 mins)
Is the world just a place where our bodies live? What is it like to have a body and how is it related to what we feel?  While we are...
Hyper-Reality
Keiichi Matsuda
(CO 2016, 6:15 mins)
Hyper-Reality is a concept film by Keiichi Matsuda. It presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical...
Wir sind Daten
Peter Weibel & Hotel Morphila Orchester
(DE 2013, 05:00 mins)
Peter Weibel & Hotel Morphila Orchester’s famous song “Wir Sind Daten”, a tribute to Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden from...
Remind Me
H5 (Ludovic Houplan & Hervé de Crécy) and Röyksopp
(FR 2002, 05:00 mins)
A computer animated music video that the French motion graphics studio H5 made for the song Röyksopp. It features a day in the life of...
The Hands on Tuesday (Ruce v úterý)
Čeněk Zahradníček
(CZ 1935, 11:00 mins)
A witty day-in-the-life of a man, his fantasies, love life and all, shown through his hands. The motions of the hands symbolize the...