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Humanist Archives: Feb. 22, 2022, 6:30 a.m. Humanist 35.548 - Big Data — A New Medium?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 548.
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        Date: 2022-02-21 08:00:30+00:00
        From: Iain Campbell <icampbell001@DUNDEE.AC.UK>
        Subject: Virtual book launch: Big Data — A New Medium? (Routledge 2020), Thursday 3 March 2022

Book launch: Big Data — A New Medium? (Routledge 2020) 1-2 pm GMT on
Thursday 3 March 2022.

Dear All,

You are warmly invited to the virtual launch event of Big Data: A New
Medium? (Routledge 2020) with the editor Natasha Lushetich and authors
Btihaj Ajana, Franco Berardi, Abelardo Gil-Fournier and Warren Neidich.

To register (and receive the event link by 1 March 2022):

About the book:

Big data architectures are increasingly determining the classificatory
systems in the social, educational and healthcare realms transforming
political questions into technical management. Data, and their multiple
arborisations, have become new epistemic landscapes. They have also
become new existential terrains. Drawing on a range of methods from
across digital humanities and digital arts, this book presents a
comprehensive view of the big data phenomenon through astute analyses of
cognitive automation, machinic hallucinations, biometric governance,
algorithmic labour, the fate of datified memory institutions, digital
frottage and data doubles.

For more information & Table of Contents:

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"As pattern-seeking creatures, we look out to the objective world to
make sense of our environment. In the age of datafication, the received
wisdom is that the process has been reversed: corporations look into the
subjective world of people’s data patterns in order to surveil and
anticipate. This much is true, but as this ‘pattern-breaking’ collection
shows, much more happens besides. From the aesthetic to the temporal and
from the cultural to the biopolitical, there is a fast-paced
evolutionary struggle taking place for the perpetuation of the aeonic
patterns of life against the growingly powerful machine-based
intelligence of computation. Big Data: A New Medium? is the most
important and encompassing analysis yet on the struggle for the ‘soul’
of human creativity, diversity and autonomy."
- Robert Hassan, University of Melbourne, Australia

"This is a breath-taking and kaleidoscopic series of reflections on one
of the most important phenomena of our age. It tells the compelling
story of its subject’s "quest to anticipate and harness the individual
and collective unconscious" and is by turns surprising, complex, thought
provoking, dizzying and mind-blowing … just like Big Data itself."
- Steve Dixon, President of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

"As the control of data surpasses the regulation of populations, new
modes of government emerge: as well as stripping the earth of its
resources we are also stripping our lives of the data they produce. At
the same time, new forms of mutant expression are emerging that offer
alternative modes of life because, as this volume makes strikingly
evident, patterns are always more than they seem. Infinite processes sit
buried within finite algorithms. Figuring out the relationship between
data mining and its various forms of expression is an urgent task, one
that the contributors to this volume take on with a critical intent that
steers them away from platitudes and toward inventive insights for our
age of control."
- Iain MacKenzie, University of Kent, UK

"This multidisciplinary volume is perfectly timed to help us consider
our increasing immersion in data and its insidious integration with our
current experience. Lushetich and the writers she collects in this
volume help us rethink our relationship with data in a new way, focusing
on its potential as a medium by which to reconsider the phenomena of our
21st century culture and how it affects our fundamental sense of being
in the world."
- Kevin LaGrandeur, New York Institute of Technology, USA

"This mind-opening book cultivates an aesthetic appreciation for, even
empathy with, the creative capacities of informational patterning.
Certainly these authors critique the crude deployment of big data for
profit and power. But more strikingly, they value seemingly nonhuman
forms of perception and thought that liberate the human to surf within
populations of patterned being."
- Laura Marks, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

"This timely and lively collection offers a broadening of the
understanding of big data, drawing on the arts, humanities and social
sciences to put big data in a bigger picture."
- Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

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