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Data Is The New Oil

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31 Mar
5pm - 7pm
All Welcome

To what extent do ordinary citizens grasp the true implications of data collection in their everyday lives? Stories of how data is being used to influence politics and target citizens, based on their psychological makeup, are now a regular occurrence; vested interests playing on our deepest fears and manipulating our prejudices.

Throughout the last 6 months, Rua Red have launched a new socio-political programme which puts People, Place and Politics at the core of everything they deliver. As part of this ethos students from the Creative Digital Media Degree at IT Tallaght (Future Makers Collective) were given a brief by renowned Russian artist Andrei Molodkin to research systems that control our lives. The body of research was created alongside his exhibition ‘Fallout Pattern’ and was informed by the current climate of data leaks, political propaganda and collusion.

Working with Molodkin on themes of hidden information, information flows and information visualisations the collective are examining the phenomenon of Psychic Numbing and exploring three key themes; church/state control over women’s health; pseudo voluntary data collection; and structures of control in city architecture. Students have attempted to humanise large sets of data using creative coding, audio, sculpture, and documentary filmmaking.

Join the Future Makers on Saturday April 31st for a process talk that explores emerging themes in their research.

Join the Future Makers on Saturday, April 31st for a process talk that explores emerging themes in their research.


Future Makers

Future Makers Collective is a group of educators, students, creative professionals, creative and cultural industries, institutions, and organisations, working together to address societal challenges through the nexus of art, technology and creative practice. We build collaborations and partnerships and break down institutional barriers, exploring alternative models of practice. We are based in Tallaght, Dublin.


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