Informatics of Domination - Visual Cultures Public Programme Spring 2017
Heather Dewey-Hagborg - Hacking Biopolitics
Thursday February 2
Richard Hoggart Building 342
Chair: Zach Blas
Respondent: Joanna Zylinska
In this talk Heather Dewey-Hagborg will discuss her controversial biopolitical
art practice profiling strangers from the genetic traces they unwittingly leave behind. She will examine the politics of invisibility and describe her latest collaboration with whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a Chicago-based transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. She has shown work internationally at events and venues including the World Economic Forum, Shenzhen Urbanism and Architecture Bienniale, the New Museum, and PS1 MOMA. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a 2016 Creative Capital award grantee in the area of Emerging Fields.
Informatics of Domination
Series Organiser: Zach Blas
In 1985, feminist scholar Donna Haraway reconceptualized white capitalist patriarchy as the informatics of domination. Addressing the global impact of science and technology at the close of the 20th century, Haraway argued that power and oppression were now “a polymorphous, information system…scary new networks…constructed by a common move—the translation of the world into a problem of coding.” In 2016, worldwide surveillance, securitization, the militarization of policing, biometric governance, and drone warfare all highlight the persistence and intensification of the informatics of domination. In this programme, we will broadly consider the politics of computational surveillance and digital control, giving particular attention to how artists, academics, and curators are grappling with these challenges today.
The event is free and no booking is required.
All are welcome!