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‘Vertiginous Data’ exhibition held at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

‘Vertiginous Data’ exhibition held at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Posted March. 26, 2019 07:34,   

Updated March. 26, 2019 07:34

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It seemed social networks, such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Kakao that have become preval‎ent in our daily lives in the 21st century, were doing us a favor of connecting one another. But as time went by, those social media started to be criticized for accumulating wealth using their customers’ private information. The fourth industrial revolution has opened up a new world but the one, who monopolized the data shared in those social media, was capital, namely, those who followed “the smell of money.”

The “Vertiginous Data” exhibition, which opened at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art on Saturday, looks into who processes, possesses, and distributes these data and how these data have become power. “All Data to the People (2019)” by Danish artists' group Superflex points out asymmetry in the current access to data. The exhibition also displays 14 data-related works by 10 artists at home and abroad.

It is interesting that Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency based in England, uses data to fight against state violence. In its 2018 project “Ground Truth,” it got down to the root of the Israeli state campaign to uproot the Palestinian Bedouins from the northern Israel by collecting aerial and ground photographs. Visitors will be able to see the works of art that “attests” to history. The exhibition will be held through July 28.


Min Kim kimmin@donga.com