Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study: Media Metamorphoses
“Our lives today are unimaginable without databases.”
“Processed data is information. Processed information is knowledge. Processed knowledge is Wisdom.”
--Ankala V. Subbarao
Databases pervade our world—from the macro to the micro—underpinning the functions of global governance to the minuteness of our personal lives, and everything in between. “The complex of computers and databases,” says Andreas Kratky, “embodies the way modern society thinks and acts.” Database systems are used to interpret patterns that suggest criminal inclinations and identify purchasing habitudes to predict consumer behavior. Far from neutral, these systems are inherently interpretive and expressive. In this polymathic pizza session, Professor Kratky will discuss his forthcoming work, Database Poetics - The Aesthetics and Ethics of Database Art, which sees database aesthetics coexistent with the assumed neutral, quantitative worlds of analytics and surveillance. This genuine polymathic discussion will examine the metamorphosis of data from surveillance and analytics to art and the aesthetic, illuminating the interpretative and qualitative values inherent in all computational structures and technologies.
Andreas Kratky, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts
Andreas Kratky is a media artist and associate professor in the Interactive Media and Games Division and the Media Arts and Practice Division of the School for Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California. Kratky’s work focuses on new forms of cinema and the poetics of the database. It spans the arts, human computer interaction and digital humanities and comprises several award winning media art projects like “That’s Kyogen”, the interactive installation and DVD “Bleeding Through – Layers of Los Angeles 1920-1986”, the algorithmic cinema system “Soft Cinema”, and the interactive costume projection in the opera “The Jew of Malta”. Kratky’s work has been shown internationally in Europe, USA, Japan, and Korea in institutions like the ICA in London, ICC in Tokyo, HDKW in Berlin, Centre George Pompidou in Paris, and REDCAT in Los Angeles. For his work on the modeling software “Xfrog” Kratky was nominated with the Xfrog-Team for the Science and Technology Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences.
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