Exhibition review & photo documentation
Exhibition: Big Bang Data
Location: Somerset House
Dates: 03/12/2015 — 20/03/2016
We produce data as we exhale carbon dioxide -effortlessly and unconsciously. While CO2 leaves our nostrils, expands, and just becomes none of our business, data is stored, indexed, and categorized by people we don’t know in remote places we’ve never been to.
Starting with the Internet’s debut in the eighties, followed by the proliferation of gadgets, smartphones, and wearables, not only are we incontinent data producers, but also big-time hoarders. Most likely, if you’ve gone digital along with the rest of the world, a considerable amount of your everyday actions are being translated into strings of ones and noughts and accumulated in server farms somewhere in Luleå or Council Bluffs. In the Artic Circle and Iowa, respectively.
Big Bang Data showcases this new reality by juxtaposing factual figures with their potential to do good and harm. The exhibition is formulated as a documentary. Thorough, didactic and visually appealing. Instead of passively facing your TV, you absorb contents while walking along - and scrutinising - the venue’s oblong spaces.
The fact that 90% of data created since the dawn of mankind was generated in the last two years alone, seems enough to prove this curatorial project’s pertinence. Nevertheless, if you don’t find this piece of information somewhat revealing, you can still visit Somerset House and trip on hypnotic video installations and high-performance infographics in a CMYK palette.
Whether you find this exhibition overwhelming due to the striking facts it exposes, or soothing, as its narrative coherently leads you through all of these facts, it will certainly raise your awareness. If you are ready.
1. 1950s punch cards 0,08kB
2. The Others by Eva And Franco Mattes
3. Transparency Grenade by Julian Oliver
4. London Data Streams by Tekja
5. Function: Pixelating the War Casualties in Iraq by Kamel Makhloufi
6. Internet Machine by Timo Arnall
7. Black Shoals: Dark Matter by Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway
8. Carte figurative des pertes successives en hommes de l'armée française dans la Campagne de Russie 1812-13 by C. J. Minard, edited by Régnier & Dourdet
9. Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec