Data in the 21st Century explores the friction between the unpredictable reality that we live in and the desire to capture it in data.
19 December 2015 – 14 February 2016
V2_ Institute For The Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL, Rotterdam
The capitalist belief that profit-seeking is the best way to manage and develop societies has sparked an unprecedented desire to abstract and quantify everything into data. In the pursuit of economic efficiency, data is money, data is power, data is everything and everything is data. Yet data is contingent on a world that is messy, irrational, unstable, and emotional. The rise of so-called big data and the emergence of technologies that are able to quantify our every move, preference and behaviour, have demonstrated where the friction lies between the unpredictable reality that we live in and the desire to capture it in data. The public program Data in the 21st Century will explore how this friction has changed and shaped our relationship to data and seeks to discuss how this relationship will develop in the future.
Lev Manovich, Daniel Goddemeyer, Moritz Stefaner & Dominikus Baur
Martin John Callanan
Max Dovey & Manetta Berends