Attention, Algorithms & Social Justice
A 2-year project, funded by the Creative Europe/European Union, exploring the relationships between attention, algorithms, and social justice. The project is part of Art & Research.
Algorithms increasingly define how we interact with the world. They shape our perceptions, our knowledge, our relations. Artists have been paying heightened attention to digital media and forms of expression for decades; and more recently have begun exploring the technological possibilities of artificial intelligence as well as augmented and virtual reality, but also the ethical, social, and environmental implications.
The 2-year project, which is funded by the Creative Europe/European Union, focuses 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.
As one of the partners in the project, Art Hub Copenhagen will, in 2023, host two artists in residency and a transdisciplinary symposium in Copenhagen. The artists who will take part in the residence are biarritzzz and CUSS Group. They have been selected unanimously by a committee composed of the member institutions of the project (listed below) and will benefit from a hybrid residency format. In other words, they will start their residency remotely in March 2023 to conduct research. They will then come to Copenhagen for the month of April 2023 at Art Hub Copenhagen and further develop their projects.
Both biarritzzz and CUSS Group will take part in the symposium Art Hub Copenhagen is organizing in May 2023 to reflect on the entanglements between algorithms, attention politics and social justice. They will be joined by a panel of international experts.
Biarritzzz and CUSS Group ´s work will be presented at exhibitions alongside other participating artists´new commissions at Kunsthall Trondheim (Trondheim, Norway) and State of Concept (Athens, Greece) as well as on the online platform Tropical Papers (Paris, France).
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?
To explore these questions, Art Hub Copenhagen is organizing a symposium in partnership with IDA and TOASTER, in the context of the “Attention, Algorithms and Social Justice” project.
You can either attend physically or watch a livestream of the symposium.
When: 4 May 2023, 9.00-16.00
Where: IDA, Kalvebod Brygge 31-33, 1560 Copenhagen – the seminar can also be watched online.
Language: the symposium will be in English.
Participation is free but it is mandatory to sign up. Deadline for registering is the 27 April.
In order to register, you must first create a free user profile at IDA.
Create your free profile here. (You can resign from this profile any time after the symposium.)
Then, for attending the physical event register here.
For getting access to the livestream of the symposium, register here.
If you encounter any issue with creating your free profile, or with registering for the event, please contact Tina Ryoon Andersen at email@example.com.
ABOUT THE DIGITAL DIVIDE : ATTENTION, ALGORITHMS AND SOCIAL 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 in three parts 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 dramatisations 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-centre algorithms?
The symposium aims at exploring these questions through a program organised into three sections: “Breaking Open the Black Box”, “We Click Alone” and “CyberPower and Counterpower”.
You can see the programme for the symposium here. (Right click and open in a new tab)
Kunsthall Trondheim (Norway) is the largest international arena for contemporary art in mid- and northern Norway. Kunsthall Trondheim is the project coordinator for the project and will further contribute with the infrastructure of the exhibition, which will open for the public Autumn 2023.
Tropical Papers (France) is a digital platform for reflection on art, architecture, design, and scientific research focused on these disciplines from and in the Tropics. Tropical Papers play a central role in the project and will contribute through the infrastructure of the web platform which will be an active platform during the project presenting artist works and newly-commissioned texts. The platform will be launched Spring 2023.
State of Concept (Greece) is the first non-profit contemporary art institution with a permanent location and a yearly program to operate in Greece. State of Concept plays a central role in the project and will contribute with the infrastructure of the exhibition in Athens, which will open for the public Spring 2024.
Université de Paris, Princeton University and Swiss Institute.
The project is financed by the European Union.