The acceleration of data constitutes one of the most powerful transformative forces in the world today. Platform companies, e-government programs, and social media sites are offering almost unfiltered access to millions of lives as well as to all the creative ideas and activities that form the basis of today’s publics. A kind of “dataism” seems to be emerging as the new religion that one needs to embrace in order to be part of the production and accumulation of value, whether driven by new modes of environmental data gathering or mining and quantifying previously unquantifiable categories such as trust, appreciation, and attitude. This panel explores the relationship between these developments and contemporary art practices. How is contemporary art enlisted in shaping new public experiences, attitudes, and expectations around a data-driven world? How does artistic experimentation interfere in the political, economic, and cultural conditions of data generation, data analytics, and dataveillance? Can art facilitate new forms of publics to emerge beyond the techno-capitalist vision of an information society? We invite scholars, artists, and curators to submit papers that engage with such questions through specific case studies and/or broader theoretical perspectives.

Session Chairs: Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer

Elaine Gan (University of Southern California)
»Feral Atlas: Rethinking the Work of Art and Data«

Benj Gerdes (Long Island University – Post)
»Offsite: Data, Materiality, Landscape, Compression«

Ignacio Valero (California College of the Arts, San Francisco)
Praba Pilar (Independent Scholar/Artist)
»EcoDomics and the Glitch: Art, Data, Theory«

21 February 2018, 16:00
Room 402B
LA Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA 90015
Hosted by:
College Art Association (CAA)