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Open lectures: Approaching the Datafied Society

Tid: 2017-06-20 10:00 -- 2017-06-20 12:00
Plats: Niagara NI:B0E07, hörsal B2
Målgrupp: All interested

As part of the symposium "Approaching the Datafied Society” that is organized by the Computational Media Lab at DVMT, two open lectures with distinguished guests will be held. You are more than welcome to join us for these interesting talks! For more information, email martin.berg@mah.se

Our Half-Datafied Society

Professor Jay David Bolter, Georgia Tech & Malmö University

One of the great fault lines in the vast space of our media culture today is summed up in the keywords: datafication, procedurality and simulation. On one side of the divide are those communities that still view human subject as part of a historical (and therefore non-quantifiable) process—communities that connect themselves to the past through coherent narratives. These communities will likely prefer media such as print fiction and traditional film that support the telling of those stories. And they will prefer political parties that align themselves with traditional strong narratives such as liberal democracy, socialism, or even extreme nationalism.
On the other side will be those communities that favor the quantified life as well as procedural interfaces for social interaction and procedural media for entertainment. For these communities, simulation replaces history, and in the extreme form they live in a datafied and infinitely replayable present. They prefer the weak narratives of contemporary political movements, such as libertarianism. It is no coincidence that Silicon Valley is such fertile ground for libertarianism, which deemphasizes or ignores history altogether.

The trend toward datafication is likely to continue; however, it seems unlikely that our media culture will reach any consensus on how to use, regulate, or protect the data that corporations and governments will continue to collect.

Jay David Bolter is the Wesley Chair of New Media at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is the author of Turing's Man:  Western Culture in the  Computer Age (1984); Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and  the History of Writing (1991; second edition 2001); Remediation (1999), with Richard Grusin; and Windows and Mirrors (2003), with Diane Gromala. In addition to writing about new media, Bolter collaborates in the construction of new digital media forms. With Michael Joyce, he created Storyspace, a hypertext authoring system. Bolter is now a co-Director of the Augmented Environments Lab and works closely with Prof. Blair MacIntyre, Prof. Maria Engberg, and others on the use of augmented reality to create new media experiences for informal education and entertainment.

Data Anxieties

Distinguished Professor Sarah Pink, RMIT University & Halmstad University

Digital data are an increasing and continual presence across the sites, activities and relationships of everyday life. In this lecture I explore what data presence means for the ways that the everyday is organised, sensed, and anticipated. While digital data presents us with many opportunities that are deeply entangled with the way in which everyday life is lived out and valued, at the same time our relationships with data are riddled with anxieties or small niggles, often tricky trade-offs, chaotic, muddled, part of the inevitable uncertainty about what will happen next, and unpredictable like the weather.
If data presence is part of the environments we inhabit in such problematic ways then this raises the question of how and why it is valuable to us. The central question I approach in this talk focuses on digital data and value: what is it that gives data value, and therefore where does value lie? In developing this talk I draw on a shared theoretical-ethnographic research project undertaken with Débora Lanzeni, within our Emerging Technologies research strand.

Sarah Pink is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University, Australia and Knowledge Foundation International Guest Professor at Halmstad University, Sweden.
Her research is international and interdisciplinary and combines theoretical scholarship with applied practice across fields of digital and emerging technologies, health and wellbeing and sustainability.
Her recent collaborative works include the books Anthropologies and Futures (2017), Theoretical Scholarship and Applied Practice (2017), Making Homes (2017), Digital Materialities (2016), Digital Ethnography (2016) and Screen Ecologies (2016), the documentary film Laundry Lives (2015) www.laundrylives.com and the www.energyanddigitalliving.com web site.

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