Location: Het Huis Main Stage
At this very moment in the 21st century, we are witnessing a new form of extractivism that reaches into the furthest corners of the biosphere and the deepest layers of human cognitive and affective being. To tackle the truly planetary scale of extractivism, it is necessary to move beyond a simplistic analysis of the relationship between individual human beings, their data and the actions of tech companies. New Extractivism by Vladan Joler is a cartographic project that can be understood as a titanic effort to outline these interconnections and to make sense of our contemporary reality. The project is an assemblage of concepts and allegories, drawn from a variety of resources: statistical research and data mining, ancient and contemporary philosophy, media theory and fiction, sociology and economics. Together, all these allegories and concepts create a blueprint for a machine-like superstructure, or ‘super allegory’. What we eventually get here is a fractal-like allegorical structure: an allegory within an allegory within an allegory.
What else is on Friday?
See the Friday timetable to visit the other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Steenweg 26.
Vladan Joler― Speaker
Vladan Joler (Serbia) is an academic, researcher and artist whose work blends data investigations, counter-cartography, investigative journalism, writing, data visualisation, critical design and numerous other disciplines. He explores and visualises various technical and social aspects of algorithmic transparency, digital labour exploitation, invisible infrastructures and many other contemporary phenomena at the intersection of technology and society. He has curated and organised numerous events and gatherings of Internet activists, artists and investigators, including SHARE events in Belgrade and Beirut. His artistic pre-history is rooted in media activism and game hacking. He has received numerous awards, including the 2019 Design of the Year Award from the Design Museum in London and the S+T+ARTS Prize ’19 Honorary Mention of the European Commission and Ars Electronica. Joler’s work has been profiled and covered in many international media, including the BBC, CNN, WIRED, The Independent, The Times, Wallpaper*, Le Figaro, The Verge, Fast Company, +ARCH, ArtForum, Neural, LesJours, and WeMakeMoneyNotArt.