In a society ruled by algorithms, data is always at play. The drive towards the quantification of everything means that we are all contributing to a state of permanent capture of life into data. As citizens, workers, artists, scientists and players of networks we (often involuntarily) double as sensors for bodies of global data collection, working for the potential extraction of value everywhere and increasing the productivity of everyday life. If work and leisure became mathematically manageable data units for the assembly line production model of industrial capitalism, today’s workers even offer their free time to the extent that it serves as a form of unaware labour facilitated by playful technologies and game-like mechanics.
These and many other issues will be addressed in a talk by Thorsten S. Wiedemann, founder and director of A MAZE festival
Thorsten S. Wiedemann – founder and director of A MAZE. He produces under this label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games and art. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he created two annual and international festivals to present independent game culture, playful media. He creates platforms and gives room for experimentation, collaboration and exchange. Thorsten established since 2012 the A MAZE. Awards, which goes to unique and artistic games in four categories. His focus is on the interdisciplinary discourse and in filling the gaps between games, art and technology. Currently he lives and works in Berlin.
The lecture is organized within the interdisciplinary programme of the Polytechnic Museum Polytech.Science.Art in association with Strelka Institute and supported by innovation partner 'Megafon'. All events of the program are dedicated to one of the most significant phenomenon of contemporary culture – interdisciplinary collaboration between artists, scientists and technology specialists. The program starts in 2014 with a series of workshops and lectures of international and Russian experts, artists, researchers, including influential representatives of science art, the experts acknowledged by international scientific community and granted with numerous awards and prizes, as well as young professionals. Many of them will present their projects in Russia for the first time.