THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Session: Escaping Algorithms
Anna Lena Schiller, Head of Tech at AlgorithmWatch, Gro Sarauw, Copenhagen-based artist and organizer, with Copenhagen-based curator Lotte Løvholm as respondent.
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This symposium, The Digital Divide, 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.
After the presentations given by Anna Lena Schiller, Head of Tech at AlgorithmWatch and by Gro Sarauw, Copenhagen-based artist and organizer, Copenhagen-based curator Lotte Løvholm as respondent had a lively discussion with them on various issues explored in this session titled “Escaping Algorithm” : how algorithmic agency impinges on collective existence: Whose eyes and (artificial) minds are where, why, and for how long? How do and will algorithms exercise control in everyday life and in relation to global civic issues such as surveillance and migration? Conversely, how can such technological tools be conceived or appropriated as means of protection, and thus become allies of the right to invisibility?
THE DIGITAL DIVIDE symposium was the launching event of the series of programs of the 2-year Creative Europe project ATTENTION AFTER TECHNOLOGY, a cross-border collaboration between Kunsthall Trondheim (@kunsthalltrondheim), Art Hub Copenhagen (@art_hub_copenhagen), Tropical Papers (@tropicalpapers_), State of Concept Athens (@stateofconceptathens) and Swiss Institute (@swissinstitute), funded by the European Union.