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After Surveillance Capitalism A forum on Surveillance Capitalism and its alternatives

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(Monday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Moore Auditorium, O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD

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We are, According to Shoshana Zuboff, living in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism “a new economic order that claims human experience as free raw material for hidden commercial practices of extraction, prediction and sales.” It is the dominant form of the digital economy, permeating all aspects of everyday life with its opaque algorithmic processes. The main players – Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft – are accumulating individualised data profiles of unprecedented granularity used to target, predict and ultimately shape behaviour. We have reached a point of crisis where issues of data, their governance and exploitation, go far beyond matters of personal privacy and seem to strike at the heart of the economy, civil society, and even democracy itself.

As concern about surveillance capitalism grows there is an imperative to more fully understand its mechanisms and practices and to develop alternative narratives that moderate the power of silicon valley while preserving the benefits of digital technology.

This forum, convened by Parity Studios / Insight Centre for Data Analytics artist in residence Conor McGarrigle, brings together experts from industry, the arts, academia, and journalism in an open forum to address these issues and present a view of what comes after Surveillance Capitalism

 

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Hannah Redler Hawes 

Hannah Redler Hawes is an independent curator, specialising in projects which bring together art, science, technology and people. Collaborators have included Science Gallery London, FACT Liverpool, Institute of Physics & Tate Modern and the UK Digital Catapult. She is an ODI Associate and co-director of the Data as Culture art programme.

https://theodi.org/person/hannah-redler/

 

Rose Regina Lawrence

Rose Regina is a digital security educator with Tactical Technology Collective based in Berlin, Germany. She has worked with communities, human rights lawyers, programmers, and large tech companies to help them better understand the social and safety implications of technology choices from architecture design to individual use choices.

https://tacticaltech.org/

 

Karlin Lillington

Karlin is a columnist with the Irish Times focusing on technology, with a special interest in its political, social, business and cultural aspects. She also has written for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired.com, Salon.com, and The Scientist, and served on the board of RTE. She has a PhD from TCD.

https://www.irishtimes.com/profile/karlin-lillington-7.1837430

 

Johnny Ryan

Dr Johnny Ryan FRHistS is Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave. His previous roles include Head of Ecosystem at PageFair, and Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

https://brave.com/dr-johnny-ryan/

 

Roundtable debate chaired by Martin McCabe, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, TU Dublin

 

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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/after-surveillance-capitalism-tickets-61469013474

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GradCAM at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

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Our everyday lives are becoming increasingly entangled with data technologies. The Irish Pavilion addresses the utopian fantasy of the Cloud, as a romantic metaphor: The cloud is material. By foregrounding the physicality of data infrastructure and its impact on the environment the pavilion hopes to both reframe how we understand data production and its impact on everyday life.The 2021 Irish Pavilion exhibition, Entanglement, at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of LaBiennale di Venezia, will explore the materiality of data, and the interwoven human, environmental and cultural impacts of communication technologies. The exhibition will highlight how data production and consumption territorialise the physical landscape, and examine Ireland’s place in the pan-national evolution of data infrastructure.Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and the exhibition in2021 will be curated by Annex, a collective of architects, artists, and urbanists. Entanglement responds to the theme selected by the curators of the Biennale Architettura 2021, How will we live together? The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the materiality of the global internet and Cloud services, which is interwoven with the Irish landscape – made manifest through the vast constellation of data centres, fibre optic cable networks, and energy grids that have come to populate its cities and suburbs over recent decades.

Ireland plays a significant historical role in the evolution of global communications and data infrastructure.In 1866, the world’s first commercially successful transatlantic telegraph cable landed on the West coast ofIreland. In 1901, the inventor of the radio Guglielmo Marconi transmitted some of the world’s first wireless radio messages from Ireland across the Atlantic Ocean to Newfoundland. Today, Dublin has overtakenLondon as the data centre hub of Europe, hosting 25% of all available European server space. And by the year 2027, data centres are forecast to consume a third of Ireland’s total electricity demand.

Entanglement draws from both contemporary and historical data storage artefacts as building blocks to form the structure of the pavilion. These artefacts are assembled in a campfire formation, referencing this primitive architectural space where early human civilisations formed alliances, built social networks and eventually developed complex societies. The pavilion asserts that from the burning of campfire logs to the management of waste heat generated by contemporary data infrastructure, the production and distribution of information is intrinsically connected to the production and distribution of heat.

By foregrounding these thermodynamic processes as a link between the architectures of the campfire and the data centre, the pavilion speculates on the relationship between these forms and how diverse communities converge around them in the past and into the future. Entanglement invites its audience to experience this thermal logic themselves through real-time thermographic imaging technologies that juxtapose key sites associated with data infrastructure in Ireland with traces of human activity in the Arsenale.

 

Drone thermographic image of agricultural land in Ireland, highlighting the heat generated from data infrastructure. © ANNEX

Drone thermographic image of agricultural land in Ireland, highlighting the heat generated from data infrastructure.
© ANNEX

 

These complex series of energy-intensive thermal transformations in the pavilion presents an immersive and performative visitor experience from illustrating the extent to which people are producing, consuming and disseminating data across the globe, to bringing transparency to the local and planetary scale of data infrastructure networks; for example, how a Facebook ‘like’ in Malaysia can trigger the emission of heat from a server on the outskirts of Dublin.

 

From top left to right, Donal Lally (GradCAM), Alan Butler (artist) , Clare Lyster (Illinois University), Sven Anderson (GradCAM), David Capener (GradCAM) and Fiona McDermott (Trinity College)

From top left to right, Donal Lally (GradCAM), Alan Butler (artist) , Clare Lyster (Illinois University), Sven Anderson (GradCAM), David Capener (GradCAM) and Fiona McDermott (Trinity College)

 

Annex is an international multidisciplinary research and design collective, comprised of a core team of architects, artists, and urbanists, whose work operates between and beyond the subject areas of computer science, gaming platforms, technology and public space, data centres, sensor technology, and large technical systems. Members include Sven Anderson, Alan Butler, David Capener, Donal Lally, Clare Lyster and FionaMcDermott.

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and in 2021 thepavilion also has the support of: The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media;Royal Institute of Architects Ireland; TU Dublin School of Creative Arts; TU Dublin Graduate School ofCreative Arts and Media; Trinity College Dublin; CONNECT Research Centre for Future Networks andCommunications; University of Illinois at Chicago, Creative Activity Award; Valentia Slate, ARUP, Office ofPublic Works and Green on Red Gallery.

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Irish Pavilion Sponsors

 

Time

May 22 (Saturday) 1:00 am - November 21 (Sunday) 1:00 am

Location

30122 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

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Venice Biennale

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