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Big Bang Data, Somerset House, review: ‘alarming’

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Where is “information”? Where, for example, are all your text messagws, holiday snaps, Facebook indiscretions, medical and financial details divulged to your doctor and a hundred on-line firms? You may, like me, have imagined it’s all out there in an ethereal cyber-space that will never become quite tangible. In fact, as a new exhibition makes unnervingly clear, your data exists in highly specific places […]

Far from being just endless digital waste-paper, this data, the exhibition argues, is the driving cultural force of our time, which can help us create a society that is “fairer, more stable and efficient” or be “wielded as a means of unprecedented mass surveillance and commodification”. The exhibition divides its energies between exploring these possibilities in an informational way and providing space for a broad range of digital artists and new breed of designer-technician-activists who “sculpt with computer code”.

Big Bang Data, Somerset House, review: 'alarming'
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