HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel)
Sabine Himmelsbach, Claudia Mareis (ed.)
Ambivalenz des Lebens in der Datengesellschaft / The Ambivalence of Life in a Data-Driven Society
July 2015, 272 pages, 83 mainly colour illustrations, softcover with flaps, 17 x 24 cm, German / English
Poetics and Politics of Data
‹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.
I can't think of any other book that pinpoints in such a wide-ranging and critical way the topic of politics and data. This is a solid publication that goes beyond its simple role of being an art catalogue. (Régine Debatty, www.we-make-money-not-art.com, 25.8.2015)