Stanza talk at Force of Metadata Goldsmiths Symposium

November 21, 2008 by stanza Leave a reply »

Stanza will be talking at Goldsmiths Media Research Centre and Centre for Cultural Studies
Symposium: Force of Metadata Goldsmiths, University of London
November 29, 2008, 9.30 am – 18.30 pm
Metadata rules the web. Its power goes beyond merely ordering descriptions of data. Metadata administers access, pre-decides preferences, enables surveillance, automates transtextuality, and shapes our experience. As metadata management becomes more and more effective and ubiquitous, it is time to ask: Are we witnessing the birth of a new regime of attention, of media control and media power? What are its chances, constraints and power relations? How does a social imaginary operate with the means and within the limits of metadata management? Can metadata acquire the power to generate content? Is it, indeed, productive itself?

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome: Scott Lash (Goldsmiths)
9.45 – 11.15 Chair: Jennifer Bajorek (Goldsmiths) Bernard Stiegler (Centre Pompidou): The Alternative of Metadata: Automated Voluntary Servitude or Economy of Contribution
11.15 – 11.30 Refreshments
11.30 – 13.00 Chair : Robert Zimmer (Goldsmiths) Götz Bachmann (Goldsmiths): The Power of Metadata Time Yuk Hui (Goldsmiths):  The production of Networks and the Networks of Production Kuan Foo (Bocconi): Innovation, Metadata and Firm Growth

14.30 – 16.30 Chair: Olga Goriunowa (Goldsmiths) Harry Halpin (Edinburgh): Metadata and the Dialectics of Posthumanism

Stanza (Artist, London): The Emergent City. Presenting Data from security tracking, traffic, and environmental monitoring

Lev Manovich (UC San Diego): Information Wants to be ASCII

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Artist, Montreal): Antimonuments and Subsculptures

Copyright Image by Stanza

Image shows live data being visualisation using motes ad hoc wireless sensors placed around goldsmiths  college.  From stanza’s project Sensity.

The day before Lev Manovich visited my studio in the Goldsmiths  Digital studios.  I was showing him my research  work, media visualisations,  sonifications , the sensity project, and images from my software that make time-scapes.  We were  meeting because I had asked Lev to write a text / essay on my new work.  The writing  commission on this body of work  (data visualisations and  the emergent cities series)  Helen Sloan of  Scan and The Watershed have agreed to  pay the commission a year earlier and at last I  have found someone I  thought could do it.. ( Not that  Helen was keen)


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