Presented By: Sarah Cook

Reader and Dundee Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee (and alumna of Contemporary Studies, King’s College)

While information science draws distinctions between information, signals and data, artists from the 1960s to the present have questioned the validity and value of such boundaries. Artists have investigated information’s materiality, in signs, records, and traces; its immateriality, in hidden codes, structures, and flows; its embodiment, in instructions, social interaction, and political agency; its overload, or uncontrollable excess, challenging utopian notions of networked society; its potential for misinformation and disinformation, subliminally altering our perceptions; and its post-digital unruliness, unsettling fixed notions of history and place. In this illustrated talk, Sarah Cook will give an art-historical reassessment of information-based art in relation to data structures and exhibition curation.