Impakt Online Event The Right to Database

in collaboration with SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain

The widespread availability of data has led to an explosion of creative practices formulated around the collection, analysis, and visualization of information. The inevitable backend of these exercises, the database, will be fore fronted in this program by Impakt Online and SKOR NetArtWorks. Discussion with: Graham Harwood, Matsuko Yokokoji (YoHa) and Linda Hilfling, with contributions from Metahaven, Hendrik Jan Grievink & Coralie Vogelaar and Dagan Cohen (Upload Cinema).

The discussion will be led by Bernhard Rieder, assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam. He is particularly interested in the role of algorithms in social processes.

With their project Data Visualisation as Documentary Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji (YoHa) critically investigate the gap between the perception of the wider public about the social reality created by data and the actual databases. Furthermore, YoHa tries to find out in what way the information generated and used by different protocols, services and facilities affect the formation of the databody in the health system. Taking the public health records of the UK and Netherlands as their case study, they mapped out the authorities, polices, and rules that hold it in place and give it meaning.

Linda Hilfling’s project A Public Domain is an open wireless network, which anybody can log onto to access the Internet. All the data that passes through the network will be filtered in such a way that texts that are not in the public domain are substituted by empty spaces, i.e. those words or phrases get replaced that, regardless of their graphical representation, are registered as trademarks in the jurisdictional area in which the network is established. A Public Domain is a wireless network intervention that simultaneously adopts and amputates the utopian notion of the net as a public space.

This discussion is organized by Impakt Online in collaboration
with SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain.

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