The Data Imaginary: Fears and Fantasies brings together eminent and emerging artists and designers to show how creative applications of data technology are crucial for a vital, inclusive and sustainable future.
The exhibition includes artworks and designs that engage audiences in critical, playful and agentic reflections on data and creative technologies. Through the exhibition, workshops, podcast and publication, the audience will be empowered to respond to climate change patterns and future city design, interact with empathy from remote locations, learn about Indigenous cultural knowledges and reflect on everyday habits that secure data privacy.
Artist discussion and exhibition opening, 5.30pm, Wednesday 4 October 2023.
Exhibiting artists: Robert Andrew, Silvio Carta, Countess Report, Andrew Gall, Lola Greeno, Benedikt Groß, Stephan Bogner and Herwig Scherabon, Interaction Research Studio, Jenna Lee, Joana Moll, Anna Madeleine Raupach, Aidan Rowlingson, Rosalind Smith and Mitchell Whitelaw, Judy Watson, Warraba Weatherall, Tali Weinberg.
Panel speakers: Jenna Lee, Anna Raupach, Judy Watson and Mitchell Whitelaw. Facilitated by Beck Davis and Katherine Moline.
As a touring exhibition ‘The Data Imaginary: Fears and Fantasies’ was initiated as a collaboration between the University of New South Wales Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture; Griffith University Art Museum; Amanda Hayman & Troy Casey, Blaklash Creative; and the Australian National University College of Arts and Social Sciences. Each iteration of the exhibition considers each context, inviting new artwork or design for exhibition. In each venue, the exhibition is accompanied by a public program, extending conversations with the general public and inviting them to engage with the pressing issues of our time—climate change, location data, and data legacies. In an era of data intensification, bringing these works together facilitates critically inclusive conversations about what counts as knowledge.
The premise of this exhibition was conceived on the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal, Gadigal, Dharug, Gundungurra, Yuggara and Turrbal peoples. The curators acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands, pay respect to their Elders, past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.