Data Traces. Big Data in the Context of Culture & Society


Big Data describes a passage into a new era in which the power of data induces a radical transformation of a society whose actions and production of knowledge rely increasingly on the accumulation and evaluation of data. The conference 'Data Traces. Big Data in the Context of Culture & Society' draws upon this prospect and delves into critical questions of Big Data in dialogue with international experts, academics and artists. It addresses the paradigm of a data-driven society and reflects life in an increasingly datified world. The conference is organized by the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW and HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel). The conference is part of the exhibition 'Poetics and Politics of Data' at HeK. 

Conference Program 

Friday, July 3rd

13.00:  Claudia Mareis (Basel), Sabine Himmelsbach (Basel): Welcome & Introduction

Session 1 / Moderation: Johannes Bruder (Basel)

13.30:  Ramón Reichert (Wien): Big Data. Der digitale Wandel von Gesellschaft, Kultur und Ökonomie 
14.30:  Sabine Niederer (Amsterdam): Digital Methods and the Technicity of Web Content 
15.30:  Coffee Break 

Session 2 / Moderation: Christiane Heibach (Basel/Konstanz)

16.00: Jutta Weber (Paderborn): 'a certain anticipatory readiness about the world'. Big Data als (Selbst-)Überwachung
17:00: Jamie Allen (Basel/Kopenhagen) with Moritz Greiner-Petter (Basel): Bread and Roses and Data
18.00: Apéro / Drinks
Keynote / Moderation: Claudia Mareis (Basel)

19.00: Lev Manovich (New York): Using big data as an artistic tool

Saturday, July 4th

Session 3 / Moderation Leonie Häsler (Basel)

09.00: Felix Stalder (Zürich): Politik der Daten: Zwischen Post-Demokratie und Commons
10.00: Roberto Simanowski (Hong Kong): Von den technologischen und gesellschaftlichen Gründen und Konsequenzen des Big Data Paradigmas
11:00: Coffee Break 
11.15: Ellie Harrison (Glasgow): Confessions of a Recovering Data Collector
12.15: Lunch Break

Session 4 / Moderation Felix Gerloff (Basel/Berlin)

13.00: Orit Halpern (New York): Beautiful Data: Clouds, Crowds, and Cybernetics
14.00: Nicolas Nova (Genf): Adventures in Algorithmic Cultures
15:00: Coffee Break 
15.15: Shintaro Miyazaki (Basel): Ping Echo Request: Some Historical Remarks on Data Analysis
16.15: Claudia Mareis (Basel) & Sabine Himmelsbach (Basel): Wrap-Up
16.30: End of the Conference

The conference fee of 25 CHF includes free admission to the exhibition, coffee & snacks. Attendance is free for students. The conference will be held in English and German.

'Poetics and Politics of Data' is an interdisciplinary project between HeK, the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (ixdm) of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW, the Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS and, the Swiss chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

The collaborative project 'Poetics and Politics of Data' is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia as part of its 'Digital Culture' initiative. The exhibition is additionally funded by Roldenfund and Migros Kulturprozent.

Venue: Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (ixdm), Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Freilager-Platz 1, CH-4023 Basel

Admission: 25 CHF, free admission for students

Registration: until June 30 2015



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