Far from being a purely immaterial entity, the Internet is an extremely complex physical structure composed by a massive number of actors that have a direct and deep impact in every aspect of our daily lives. Despite its crucial role in many aspects of our society, the material and computational architectures that allow the Internet to exist are widely ignored by most of its users. Thus, this workshop seeks to critically reveal and analyze the complex network of agents that come together to configure the Internet, from submarine and underground cables to geopolitics, online tracking, surveillance and privacy. The workshop will strongly focus on uncovering and analyzing common online tracking practices used by major marketing and advertising corporations. To achieve this purpose, we will look into the forensics of the physical pathways of information, and will apply reverse tracking methods aimed at drawing a map of the many corporations that covertly access and commodify our data.
Workshop Cost: €75
Co-curated with Sonar+D as part of We are Europe
Joana Moll is an artist and a researcher from Barcelona. Her work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, online tracking, critical interfaces and language. She has lectured, performed and exhibited her work in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world. Furthermore she is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona], co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms and member of the Scientific and Artistic Committee of the Antiatlas des Frontières. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Escola Superior d’Art de Vic [Barcelona].www.janavirgin.com/