What are the ethical, social, political and environmental implications of our pervasive use of algorithms? What are the entanglements between the production of algorithms and social (in)justice?
As screen-based, networked digital technologies are seemingly a precondition for participation in contemporary everyday life, algorithms have become highly agentic semi-presences that massage our psyches, subjectivities and social systems.
This symposium pushes algorithms into plain sight and considers their production and use as political acts, raising questions about claims to infrastructural neutrality, and highlighting programmed bias and resulting social injustice. Through analyses and artistic dramatizations of algorithmic logic, the symposium asks how we can take back attention, and be attentive differently: How do we protect and develop our capacity to imagine a future and work towards it, by creating spaces for thinking and doing – to act not react? How can artists and artistic thinking contribute? How to de-center algorithms?
The symposium aims at exploring these questions through a program organized into three sections: “Breaking Open the Black Box”, “We Click Alone” and “CyberPower and Counterpower”. The program will consist of keynote presentations, artistic interventions, live demonstrations and moderated conversations. More info will follow here
The Digital Divide. Attention, Algorithms and Social Justice is a symposium developed by Art Hub Copenhagen in partnership with IDA and TOASTER in the context of the 2-year Attention, Algorithms and Social Justice project funded by the Creative Europe/European Union. The project is focusing on innovation in the field of art by supporting artists and art institutions across Europe to research and develop new artworks exploring the relationships between attention, algorithms, and social justice.
Partners: Kunsthall Trondheim, Art Hub Copenhagen, Tropical Papers and State of Concept
Associated partners: Université de Paris, Princeton University and Swiss Institute