Data Relations Summer School Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, RMIT Thursday 16 – Monday 20 February 2023
Data Relations Summer School (DRSS) took place in Naarm/Melbourne across four days and nights comprising workshops, talks, performances and other activities. The agenda of the school was simply to hold collective space, however temporarily or provisionally, to think critically, speculatively, and collaboratively about what it means to live in a data-driven world, with all the negative and positive valences this entails.
During the daytime sessions, held primarily at RMIT University, the cohort of over 90 contributors and participants assembled in a ‘classroom’ formation, as artists, researchers, and practitioners from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, for a series of experiments and exercises grounded in pedagogy and artistic exploration. In the evenings, at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, were performances, lectures, and conversations by Australian and visiting international artists, framed by proximity to the works in the Data Relations exhibition.
As part of DRSS, Machine Listening ran a workshop entitled ‘Data Audits, or Why Listen to Datasets?’. An archive of the full schedule, readings and reference material, contributor biographies and acknowledgments is available here.
A creative response and map of the DRSS by Ana Tiquia can be found in the Data Relations Publication