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amber conference '10:Datacity

Added by denizyilmazlar on 2010-08-12

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2010-11-06
Last Date Last Day: 2010-11-07
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2010-09-10

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: Ekmel Ertan
Email Email:
Address Address: Necatibey Cd. 66/1 34425 Karaköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Tel: +905324738971

Conference Description:

For the first time in history the World’s urban population has outnumbered its rural counterpart. Cities have become the predominant habitat of humanity. The requirements of rapidly growing cities, coupled with the contemporary technological possibilities bring about new urban reality that is data. amber’10 takes up the relationship between city and data as its festival theme.

It is no accident that the rise of statistics as a science coincided with the rise of the modern city as a social form during the industrial revolution. When statistical methods of data production and measurement coupled with reproductive techniques such as photography and printing, the modern city entered into imaginary circulation simultaneously with its double, its image. From its beginnings, the modern city emerged both as a reality and a representation that were interrelated in such a manner that it became hard to tell one from the other.

In this historical process, contemporaneous with the Enlightenment and Industrial capitalism, the ability to understand the city became conditional on processing and thinking through the data it produced. Data has become a crucial factor in urban social relations and politics.

The capacity to produce and process all kinds of data has increased tremendously with the rise of new technologies in the last three decades. Capitalist parliamentary democracy, as it exists today, demands transparency, efficiency and absolute security as the conditions of its mechanism and has at its service the wide possibilities offered by new technologies to meet these demands. This coupling brought about the strategic importance of data in today’s World. We know and define the city through the images made up of its data. The collection, storage and processing of the vast amount of data has become an everyday practice that is both visible and invisible, threatening to some and absolutely beneficial to others in a field ranging from law to ethics, human rights to health.

With the theme title Datacity, amber’10 proposes to define the modern city as a data cluster in addition to however else the city form may be defined today. We call on artists to interpret the life forms, production and consumption patterns and politics of the Datacity from the vantage point of arts and technology.

New technologies play an ever-increasing role in the social life and administration of cities in various forms and functions. Branded as "smart cities", modern urban spaces are now equipped with cctv cameras, GPS and mapping systems, computerized infrastructure management systems along with the ever-multiplying number of personal electronics and gadgets all operating on global digital communication networks.

With objectives ranging entertainment and administrative strategy to pure profit and public security, this network of networks tracks and traces anything that is processed digitally and continually creates a massive circulation of digital data that emanates from the operation of very many animate and inanimate things in the city. The city and its data are now heavily implicated in each other from aesthetic, technological, political, economic and sociological angles.

In light of this new state of things, amberConference proposes to begin by the beginning and ask the question: What is the new urban reality under the reign of data? and what is data in the context of the city? For a through rethinking of the pair datacity from the above angles, we invite researchers, thinkers and artists from relevant disciplines to submit presentations of no more than 4000 words by considering the following subject headings.
· The politics of data and contemporary Urban governmentality.
· Politics of data circulation and use.
· Contemporary security and surveillance discourse.
· Legality and legitimacy of data collection and use.
· Political economy of data generation.
· Value of metadata in a data-driven society.
· The notion of Smart cities and urban management.
· Datazen: the consumer in a transurban dwelling pattern.
· Urban mundane and serendipity in the digital age.
· Urban artistic sensibilities in the digito-technological age.
· City as a "space of flows": Networked urban topology as an art material.

· Spatial experience and ambient information processes
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