Conversation #1: Space
Conversation #2: Origins
Conversation #3: Intimacy
WG1103, Sir Paul Reeves Building
2 Governor Fitzroy Place
Auckland, New Zealand Open Street Map
Increasingly data infiltrates our everyday, transforming the way we work and live. Algorithmic processes shift from the abstract to the agentic, moving off whiteboards and into our pockets and retinas, enlisting broad assemblages of hardware and software, labor and logistics, bodies and architectures in order to perform their operations.
In doing so they create new forms of politics broadly speaking—power relations produced not by sovereign states or spectacular actions, but through decision-making embedded into systems themselves—an accumulation of meticulous mechanisms which act imperceptibly on information: ordering and indexing, filtering and flagging, blocking and blacklisting.
Far from being ‘purely’ technical and apolitical, these processes are machines which create new conditions, forces which change, for example, how architecture and our environments are arranged (Airbnb), the social and labour relations which constitute work (Uber), the imagery and information we consume (Facebook) and the ways in which products and services can be exchanged (Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies).
But these algorithms are not angels (Fuller & Harwood). Typically ‘black boxed’, their internal architectures often privilege certain races or genders, amplify economic inequalities, and reinforce capitalist tendencies. These operations, in turn, are only made possible through the material exhaustions and precarious labour which underpins digital technologies more generally.
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The series is currently organized by Luke Munn as many of the themes have strong parallels to his ongoing research. If you have an idea for a theme or are interested in presenting your work, please get in touch.