Poetics and Politics od Data

Book Design. Exhibition catalogue for HeK Basel. With: Simon Schindele. Medium: Book

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The Ambivalence of Life in a Data-Driven Society

5,706 m2 printed paper
13,6 h. average reading time
24 hashtags
98 images
153 references
901 weight in grams
1327 h. of invested labor
69156 words

The book (see above) features 8 essays (Lev Manovich, Roberto Simanowski, Ramón Reichert...) and shows 13 artworks of the exhibition "Poetics and Politics of Data" at HeK Basel, May 2015.


‘Poetics and Politics of Data’ reflects life in a world increasingly controlled by data and presents artistic positions that aim to make continuous streams of data visible – whether using Internet-based installations or graphic data visualizations. The participating artists question the relevance and place of the individual in a technologically connected society in which every day, each of us generates a nearly incomprehensible amount of data: Our every move on the Internet leaves behind a digital trace. In critical essays, Orit Halpern, Sabine Himmelsbach, Lev Manovich, Claudia Mareis, Ramón Reichert and Roberto Simanowski explore the phenomena of ‘Big Data’ and ‘Data Mining’ and pose critical questions about the ambivalence of life in a ‘datified’ world.

Künstlerinnen und Künstler / Artists: Christopher Baker, Aram Bartholl, Paolo Cirio, R. Luke DuBois, Ellie Harrison, Marc Lee, Bernhard Hopfengärtner & Ludwig Zeller, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Kristin Lucas, Moniker, Jennifer Lyn Morone, RYBN, Erica Scourti

Hg. / eds.: Sabine Himmelsbach / Claudia Mareis