THE BETTER YOU X THE PRESENT
Location: Theater Kikker
How can we use digital applications to create online personalities? As social media users, we are only too glad to play starring roles in the fiction of our own lives. But how much control do we have over how we are presented and remembered? Are there alternatives to Facebook, or is it time to resolutely say goodbye to social media? In a performance, Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey presents his hyper-connected alter ego. Further, a lecture by Gemma Galdon Clavell (Eticas Research & Consulting) and a contribution by critic and author Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures).
Jeremy Bailey― Artist
Jeremy Bailey is a Toronto-based Famous New Media Artist whose work explores custom software in a performative context. Recent projects include performances, exhibitions and commissions for Rhizome’s Seven on Seven, Transmediale, the Stedelijk Museum, FACT, Whitechapel Gallery, the Tate and the New Museum. Bailey is represented by Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto and is Adjunct Faculty in the Mobile Augmented Reality Lab at New York University. For more visit jeremybailey.net. In Nail Art Museum, Bailey performs the role of a new media artist who has invented software that allows him to curate and host virtual exhibitions on his fingernails. These exhibitions leverage the transcendent power of the Internet to re-mediate all of art history, bringing Bailey’s hand the identity and prestige of all the world’s greatest museums.
Gemma Galdon Clavell― Speaker
Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell is Research Director at Eticas Research & Consulting, where her work is focused on building socio-technical data architectures that incorporate legal, social and ethical concerns in their conception, production and implementation. She is a policy analyst by training and has worked on projects relating to surveillance and human rights and values, the societal impact of technology, smart cities, privacy, security policy, resilience and policing. She completed her PhD on surveillance, security and urban policy at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where she also received an MSc on Policy Management, and was later appointed Director of the Security Policy Programme at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Previously, she worked at the Transnational Institute, the United Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Catalan Institute for Public Security. She teaches topics related to her research at several foreign universities, mainly Latin-American, and is a member of the IDRC-funded Latin-American Surveillance Studies Network. Additionally, she is a member of the international advisory board of Privacy International and a regular analyst on TV, radio and print media. Her recent academic publications tackle issues related to the proliferation of surveillance in urban settings, urban security policy and community safety, security and mega-events, the relationship between privacy and technology and smart cities.
Geert Lovink― Speaker
Geert Lovink is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, whose goals are to explore, document and feed the potential for socio-economical change of the new media field through events, publications and open dialogue. Since 2004 he is a researcher at the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) where he heads the Institute of Network Cultures. He is the author of a.o. Uncanny Networks (2002), Organisation after Social Media (with Ned Rossiter, 2018) and Sad by Design (2019).
Natalie Dixon― Moderator
Dr. Natalie Dixon is the co-founder of affect lab, an Amsterdam-based interdisciplinary research studio. Dixon’s research explores issues of belonging, otherness, race and gender through the lens of media and technology. Her research has been published in multiple international peer-reviewed journals and featured in the media. Most recently she was awarded the 2018/19 Het Nieuwe Instituut Research Fellowship for her project titled ‘How to Read a Story About Burn-Out’ that explored gender, migration, women’s work and burn-out. Dixon is a visiting lecturer at ArtEZ University of the Arts (Arnhem) where she is currently developing a vision for The Body Lab to explore the human-technology relationship and sensory methods for design. She is an alumna of the University of Amsterdam and Goldsmiths College (London).