Friday lunchtime lecture: Unfamiliar topologies

Friday 20 November 2015, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street

You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

Are physical and data infrastructures distinct? In this talk, Georgina Voss and Wesley Goatley will present and discuss their infrastructure data artwork “Familiars”, which directly intercepted logistical radio signals broadcast by planes, ships, and trains, highlighting the material aspects of data infrastructures. In unpacking the research and development behind “Familiars”, they’ll explore how access to forms of “open” data is mediated and who this data is really intended for. While the UK government is currently investing in the “best” ways to plan, create, and fund vital infrastructure projects, they’ll argue that engaging with crucial questions around control, ownership and access to data requires an understanding of their physical components and context.

Wesley Goatley is an artist and researcher.

Georgina Voss is a technology anthropologist, writer, and co-founder of research co-operative “Strange Telemetry”.