In ‘Algorithmic Power and Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction’ I explore how data and algorithmic systems might be explored for advances in art and politics. By recalling Benjamin’s iconic essay on ‘Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ I suggest that the data we generate can equally be regarded as a collective cultural resource for critical and creative use increasing our data agency. Therein I explore how cultural datafication enables insights into temporalities, perception and what Benjamin calls “the mutual penetration of art and science”. This resonates deeply with our collaboration with the British Library which explores new cultural and aesthetic practices in the age of datafication.
Mark Coté – principal investigator of the IOCT