Current Project: Data Poetics

Our information societies are based on the mass production, transportation and consumption of large amounts of data. Terms such as Big Data do not only apply for scientific research anymore, but have been transferred to humanities and are used to describe the mechanisms of our networked culture.

Culture in general is well known to be influenced by technological conditions, but still it is often hard to recognize and describe these changes precisely. Narratives, as a foundational cultural technique, are a way to communicate these hard to grasp moments by opening up a space for aesthetic contemplation and ambivalent strands of discussion.

Which poetic dimensions can be found in data? Which traces are we producing with our recording devices every day? How can data tell stories? The aim of this seminar is to design poetic data aesthetics in order to provide some insights in the mechanisms of our information society.