Program: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - KADIST and e-flux present Ways of Reading
Symposium
Saturday, February 1, 2020          e-flux, 311 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA

KADIST and e-flux present Ways of Reading
Symposium

Digital billboard fire in Times Square, New York, May 18, 2019. Courtesy of Twitter user @Mia_TheBlessed.

Participants include American Artist (artist); Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective); Jérôme Bel (choreographer); James Bridle (writer, artist, and technologist); Kate Crawford (Distinguished Research Professor at NYU); Martha Kenney (Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University); Laura Kurgan (Professor of Architecture at GSAPP, and Director, Center for Spatial Research, Columbia University); Trevor Paglen (artist); Gala Porras-Kim (artist); Kameelah Janan Rasheed (artist and learner); Steve Rowell (artist); Davide-Christelle Sanvee (performance artist); and Andros Zins-Browne (choreographer). 

Curated by Adam Kleinman (KADIST’s Regional Curator for North America).

KADIST and e-flux present Ways of Reading, an exploratory day of talks, interventions, and performances featuring a multidisciplinary set of artists and thinkers. The symposium examines how forms of information describe, prescribe, organize, and even misrepresent reality. This framework aims to emphasize how data and statistical analysis can function as powerful, yet often incomplete tools that can be wielded to produce exclusionary models for social distribution and recognition. While numerical mistakes are plain to see once revealed, false positives, cognitive biases, and other forms of erroneous thinking are not unique to computational logics alone. The presentations explore data as a theme in general, across various disciplines including public health, urban planning, archeology, and geology. Playfully investigative rather than thesis driven, the symposium proposes that understanding is made richer, if not possibly more truthful, by including a diversity of research practices and forms of critique that take alternative views and approaches into consideration. If we were to present a guiding thought for the day, it would be to remember that: a sparrow, to an ornithologist, is not the same thing as to a poet.

The symposium marks the launch of Ways of Reading, an eponymous three-year program comprising seminars, exhibitions, and commissions taking place across North America, curated by Adam Kleinman and initiated by KADIST. The program reveals how artists and the arts have the potential to reinterpret, or even "flip the script" of how data is presented so as to question not only how it was collected, but to also reveal hidden biases, hierarchies, and blind spots buried within “objective” analysis. The program is part of a series of international projects that seeks to deepen KADIST’s investment in international collaboration by working with a curator to establish key issues of social relevance in the region to guide production and research, located in various regions for a three-year term.

The Ways of Reading symposium is co-produced with e-flux, and with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.            

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