Over the next 12 months CIM is getting into
Out of Data
The modern world is into data, but what is out and what is coming out of data? Facts and figures, to be sure, but what else? New methods for seeing, acting and shaping our world? New cultural forms, experiences and artefacts?
Some say data is the new oil, so what can we distil out of data? What classifications of people, objects and spaces are produced out of data? What do different analytical methods reveal and leave out of data? Who is overlooked and what remains hidden?
Despite data’s new abundance, we can find ourselves out of data. Is being out of data when data are missing, forgotten, or yet to be collected? When signal becomes noise? Or noise is mistaken for signal? When access is denied, not wanted, or the correct technical configuration is lacking? How to respond to being out of data? What if we are out of data and unaware?
New forms, sources and repositories of, and for, data demand novel analytical approaches. For Shintaro Miyazaki digital life is composed of what he calls ‘algorhythms’. We talk to him about experimentation, speculation and practical interrogations in, and of, this algorhythmic world.
The second interview in our Out of Data series is with media theorist, Pepita Hesselberth. Her recent book is entitled ‘Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media’ (Bloomsbury). She exchanged emails with Sam Hind on her research project ‘Disconnectivity in the Digital Age’.
As part of our speaker series on the CIM research theme Out of Data, Kristin Veel will explore the nature of ‘big data archives’.
As part of our speaker series on the CIM research theme Out of Data, media theorist Pepita Hesselberth will reflect on contemporary discourses on disconnectivity, focusing in particular on the “right to disconnect” discussion.
As part of the speaker series on the CIM research theme Out of Data, designer Stefanie Posavec will discuss how she uses data-gathering and data-visualisation as a design process.
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies is happy to invite you to the launch event of its new annual theme, Out of Data, on October 4th, at The University of Warwick.