Carbolytics

Joana Moll
Joana Moll
Carbolytics

Exhibition
16 February–11 March 2022
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

Opening day
WED, 16 February, 12 PM–9 PM

Part of Tactics & Practice #12: New Extractivism
In the framework of konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art


Carbolytics unfolds as an art research project aiming to raise awareness and call for action on the environmental impact of corporate surveillance. The project seeks to provide a new perspective to address the social and environmental costs of pervasive surveillance by exploring strategies to raise public awareness of the environmental impact of data collection. 

It is known that tracking and recording users’ behavior has become a major business model in the last decade.  Simply put, web tracking is the collection of data about users’ online activities, such as reading news, shopping for products, interacting with social media or simply browsing online. 

Although the societal and ethical implications of abusive online surveillance practices have been a subject of public debate since Snowden’s revelations in 2013, the energy and environmental costs of such practices have remained hidden from the public eye. The global data collection apparatus is a complex techno-maze that requires vast amounts of resources to exist and function, yet companies rarely disclose information about the environmental footprint of such activities. Moreover, part of the energy costs of data collection processes are passed on to the user, who also involuntarily assumes a portion of the environmental footprint. Although this is a critical aspect of surveillance, the lack of social, political, corporate and governmental will for accountability is worrying and calls for action are urgent.

 

ARTIST TALK

Data Extraction, Materiality and Agency
Cukrarna, Ljubljana
16 February 2022 at 7 PM
Registration required! Apply at info@cukrarna.art

Our so-called networked society has so far failed to bring the logic of interconnectedness into our lives. Citizens are becoming more machine-like and data-dependent, threatening the connection between humans and their natural habitats. Although most of our daily transactions are carried out through electronic devices, we know very little about the apparatus that facilitates such interactions, or in other words, the factory behind the interface. In this talk, we discuss the interface as a well-engineered capitalist machine that disconnects users from the material complexity of global chains of commodity and data production — and also social reproduction — in order to  maximise economic profit. It is therefore necessary to trace the connections that exist between things — as well as the workload involved in the basic maintenance of these connections — if the user is to fully understand the systems in which they operate, in order to balance and repair the profoundly asymmetrical distribution of agency, energy, labor, time, care and resources within these planetary networks.

In collaboration with:
ALUO – The Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana
MGML / Cukrarna Gallery

WORKSHOP

The Hidden Life of a Browser
ALUO, Ljubljana
16–17 February 2022, 2 PM–5 PM

THE AUTHOR

Joana Moll is a Barcelona/Berlin-based artist and researcher. Her work critically explores the way techno-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include internet geopolitics, data materiality, surveillance, techno-colonialism and interfaces. She has presented her work in renowned institutions, museums and universities around the world, such as at the Venice Biennale, MAXXI, MMOMA, CCCB, ZKM, Ars Electronica, transmediale, ISEA, and the British Computer Society, among many others. Her work has been featured in The Financial Times, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, Quartz, Wired, Vice, The New Inquiry, Netzpolitk, O’Globo, La Repubblica, Fast Company, NBC and the MIT Press. She is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona] and co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Universität Potsdam and Escola Elisava.

CREDITS

Author: Joana Moll

Production:
Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2022

Partners:
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)
Sónar+D Barcelona

Part of the series:
Tactics & Practice

In the framework of:
konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art

The project konS:: Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art was chosen on the public call for the selection of the operations “Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres”. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.

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