New Extractivism

Vladan Joler
Vladan Joler
New Extractivism

Exhibition
16 March–15 April 2022
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

Opening day
WED, 16 March 2022, 12 PM–9 PM

Part of Tactics & Practice #12: New Extractivism


In the information age, everything becomes a potential frontier for expansion and extraction – from the depth of the DNA code in every single cell of the human organism to the vast frontiers of human emotions, behavior and social relations, and nature as a whole. 

At this moment in the 21st century, we are witnessing a new form of extractivism that is well underway: one that reaches into the furthest corners of the biosphere and the deepest layers of human cognitive and affective being. The stack behind contemporary technological systems goes well beyond the multi-layered “technical stack” of data modelling, hardware, servers and networks, as described by Benjamin Bratton in 2015. The full stack reaches much further into capital, labor and nature, and demands an enormous amount of each. The true costs of these systems – social, environmental, economic, and political – remain hidden and may remain so for some time to come. 

It’s necessary to move beyond a simple analysis of the relationship between an individual human being, their data and any single technology company to tackle the truly planetary scale of extraction. From the cosmological model of the universe to the world of human emotions interpreted by the slightest muscle movements on the human face, everything becomes subject to quantification. There are deep interconnections between the literal hollowing out of the materials of the earth and the biosphere, and the data capture and monetisation of human practices of communication and sociality. 

New Extractivism by Vladan Joler is a cartographic project that can be understood as a titanic effort to outline these interconnections and to make sense of our contemporary reality. The project can be understood as an “assemblage of concepts and allegories”, drawn from a variety of resources: statistical research and data mining, ancient and contemporary philosophy, media theory and fiction, sociology and economics. Pierced together, these fragments take the form of a map, a manual and a video animation that guide the viewer through the traps, tunnels and slippery corridors of a world-scale infrastructure designed to extract, collect, quantify, analyse and connect all aspects of reality and turn them into capital: new accumulations of wealth and power concentrated in a very thin social layer dominated by a few global mega-corporations.

 

ARTIST TALK

Cukrarna, Ljubljana
16 March 2022 at 7 PM
Registration required! Apply at info@cukrarna.art

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

WORKSHOP

Anatomies of a Black Box
ALUO, Ljubljana
16 March 2022, 2 PM–5 PM

THE AUTHOR

Vladan Joler is an academic, researcher and artist whose work blends data investigations, counter-cartography, investigative journalism, writing, data visualisation, critical design and numerous other disciplines. He explores and visualises different technical and social aspects of algorithmic transparency, digital labour exploitation, invisible infrastructures and many other contemporary phenomena in the intersection between technology and society. He is the author of Anatomy of an AI System (with Kate Crawford) and Facebook Algorithmic Factory
Vladan Joler’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum in London, and the permanent exhibition of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz. His work has been exhibited in more than a hundred international exhibitions, including institutions and events such as: ZKM, XXII Triennale di Milano‎, HKW, Vienna Biennale, V&A, transmediale, Ars Electronica, Biennale WRO, Design Society Shenzhen, Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing, MONA, Glassroom, La Gaite Lyrique, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and the European Parliament in Brussels. He has received numerous awards, including the 2019 Design of the Year Award by the Design Museum in London and the S+T+ARTS Prize ’19 Honorary Mention by the European Commission and Ars Electronica.
He has given lectures at numerous educational and art institutions, including the University of Oxford, Museo Reina Sofía, CCCB, the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen, HfG-Karlsruhe, MG+MSUM, Aarhus University, Somerset House, Hangar Barcelona, Mucem Marseille and numerous events such as Re:Publica, transmediale, Ars Electronica, The Influencers, CCC, etc.Joler’s work has been profiled and covered in many international media such as BBC, CNN, WIRED, The Independent, The Times, Wallpaper*, Le Figaro, The Verge, Fast Company, +ARCH, ArtForum, Neural, LesJours, WeMakeMoneyNotArt and many others.

CREDITS

Author: Vladan Joler

Production of the exhibition:
Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2022

Part of the series:
Tactics & Practice

Supported by:
the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana

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