This research project investigates the history and ideology of what we term the “data industrial complex”, including the aesthetic and material representations of overlapping phenomena: big data and automation, labour, climate, finance and e-commerce, technological infrastructures, biometrics, behavioural science and surveillance.
Another point of investigation is the consequences of abstracting and compressing our complex reality into a digitally mapped terrain. We take a stratified approach, aiming to highlight underlying tendencies across multiple contexts. Outcomes will include an interactive website that illustrates a ‘data eco-system’, using ecological terms and metaphors to create subjective associations between inter-linked phenomena within the global flows of data, natural resource extraction, financial and power relations.
The work is produced in the context of Kungliga Konsthögskolans konstnärliga forsknings- och utvecklingsprojekt (KFoU).