Algorithmic Witnesses

Rosamond, Emily. 2016. 'Algorithmic Witnesses'. In: Goldsmiths MFA Lecture Series. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Online users are subject to a host of automated surveillance apparatuses. Not only governmental bodies, such as NSA and GCHQ, watch; hosts of corporate and financial players monetize data, identify users, and predict future behaviour. Automated, algorithmic witnesses attempt to determine who we are, and predetermine what we see online; in doing so, they enact increasingly predictive, pre-emptive and speculative forms of control on subjects. What are the implications of these automated witnesses for artists? This talk tracks some recent developments in corporate surveillance, and asks whether, in order to respond to these new conditions, artists need to learn to see the way their automated witnesses see.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)


algorithms, online surveillance, prediction

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


25 January 2016Completed

Event Location:

Goldsmiths, United Kingdom

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Date Deposited:

10 Nov 2017 15:53

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29 Apr 2020 16:40


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