Text generation project How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Algorithm.
Language practices are often ritualistic, what makes them predictable and open for automation. Legal, administrative or political language have magic-like qualities. Their words create realities or make things happening. Do they retain this quality when they get automated and become algorithmically reproducible? What qualitative change undergo such language practices when automated?
[This track is co-organised in close collaboration with the Training common sense-project and will partially overlap.]
Training common sense Where and how can we find difference, ambiguity and dissent in pattern-recognition?
What kind of assumptions do we encounter when valuating information from the point of view of an algorithm? In what way does the introduction of pattern-recognition allow (or makes impossible) difference, ambiguity and dissent? Through exploring the actual math and processes of pattern-recognition together, and by studying and experimenting with software packages (Pattern, ...), methods and reference-libraries (WordNet. ...) we would like to understand better what agency human and computational actors might have in the co-production of 'common sense'.
[This track is co-organised in close collaboration with the Text generation project, and will partially overlap.]
Wirelessness When speaking about invisible technologies radio is perhaps both the most invisible and yet the most present. At any given moment the air is filled signals ranging from cell phone packets, the chatter of bus drivers, commercial radio stations, wireless internet modems, airplane tracking signals, satellite broadcasts and much much more. The radio wave has interesting properties, signals can propagate across the earth, reach us from outerspace and transcend political borders. These signals, while physical and legistlated, are difficult to 'own' and in a way the 'hertzian space' can be interpreted as a commons, like the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Data-/Network-/Film-City The city is work of fact and fiction. It is the subject, protagonist and background of an omnivorous and polymorphic narrative. It is a collective piece written by the storytelling of novelists, historians and journalists. Its textual production is also found in daily diaries, in technical and bureaucratic reports, in advertisement and propaganda. The city is an anthology continuously integrated, revised, quoted and translated, reverberated in oral and non-verbal accounts, told in pictures, set in movies and combinations of old and new media. The city produces stories and is produced by stories. Narration represent both an inextricable substance and an essential dimension of urban reality.
New visuals for quantified self data The culturally con-structed body would be the result of a diffuse and active structuring of the social field. (Butler, 1989)
This topic proposes to explore the functioning of Social networks based on collected physical data, self tracking and health monitoring as they are expanding very much, and propose a very specific social context based on a quantified view of our bodies.