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NERVOUS SYSTEMS: QUANTIFIED LIFE AND THE SOCIAL QUESTION. Ed. by Anselm Franke et al. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2016. Published in association with Spector Books, Leipzig. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 388 pp. 17 x 10 cm. ISBN 9783959050937 In English.
Publisher's description: What happens when our individual and collective actions are anticipated and monetized by algorithmic forecasts? What remains of the world if interpreted for us by machines? Cutting-edge Berlin-based think tank HKW engages this highly charged conversation on the replacement of human choices and responses by data processing, which itself is shaped by politics and the desire for control as well as technological advances. Divided into four sections, this pocket-sized publication is overflowing with images, essays, installation shots and a description of the work in the accompanying exhibition. Thirty artworks and installations by artists and digital research collectives, such as Vito Acconci, Ai Weiwei, On Kawara, Harun Farocki and RYBN.ORG, tracing the inversions that mark the relationship between man and machine, are complemented by essays by media theorists and digital historians, contextualized historical documents, artifacts and other objects. Co-curated by Worldwide Tactical Tech, a collective of practitioners, activists and technologists who work to demystify the politics of data within an international context.
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Worldwide Number: 175366
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