Data Vitality: Soft Infrastructures and Economies of Knowledge
18.11.2021 – 14.2.2022
You are welcome to the exhibition launch at 16.00 Thursday 18 November at Dipoli Gallery, with opening remarks by Kati Hagros, Chief Digital Officer.
What does it mean to be a data-driven university? This exhibition explores the changing role of data in society by combining interdisciplinary perspectives on how data policies are shaping education and research across art, science, business and technology.
As we live in an increasingly data-driven world, how does this impact our practices and attitudes to data at an individual and societal level? Data can be seen as a tool, a utility, a language, a risk and a resource. Questions arise from the real and speculative potential of rendering our bodies, movements, labour, research and environments in data, as machine-readable and reusable. In what ways are we reliant on the capture of data and analytics for solving issues like sustainability in climate change, healthcare, cybersecurity and novel materials? What role does data literacy play in understanding data rights and intellectual property? These questions are addressed through a combination of multidisciplinary interviews and artistic research within the framework of data vitality. It showcases the relationship between human-centric data and the soft infrastructures which connect, intersect and render new dynamics between education, research and society.
The exhibition at Dipoli Gallery creates a visual and material experience of our relationship with data in the context of research, education and society including new artworks informed by research infrastructures such as OtaNano, developments in quantum technology, arts and media practices, operational impacts of master data and digitalisation, data literacy, digital archiving, open data and intellectual property.
The exhibition website which includes further texts, interviews and media is a pilot of Aalto University’s new virtual exhibition platform. The link will be added to the event page as part of the launch on 18 November 2021.
For further information contact Edel O’ Reilly, Curator [email protected]
Data Vitality Contributors
Aalto Archives & PhotoRobot
Ali Akbar Mehta, Department of Art
Andrea Botero & Markéta Dolejšová, Department of Design
Eerika Jalasaho & Julia Sand, Department of Media
Tyler Liu, Department of Media
Geoff Cox & Winnie Soon
Otto Toivanen, Prof. of Microeconomics, Helsinki GSE
Jukka Pekola, Prof. of Quantum Nanophysics, Aalto University
Sabrina Maniscalco, Adjunct Prof. of Quantum Physics, Aalto University
Maria Rehbinder, Senior Legal Counsel, Aalto University
Jaana Sinipuro, Project Director, SITRA
Research & Infrastructures
Martti Rahkila, Master Data & Digitisation, Development Manager, IT
Anna Rissanen, Director, OtaNano NanoFab
Minna Günes, Senior Academic Coordinator, OtaNano
OtaNano Low Temperature Laboratory
OtaNano Nanomicroscopy Center
Olena Mohylna, Graphic Design
Paul Flanders, Exhibition Design
Antti Ikonen, A/V Design
Oskari Martimo, Sound Design
Siili Solutions, Website
Aalto Web Studios
Jenni Perälä, Translation Services
Verna Kuusniemi, Project assistant
Oliver Saarinen, Textile Finishing
Exhibition Research & Coordination
Edel O’ Reilly, Curator, Aalto University