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Data Bodies, Social Objects

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The panel will explore methods of observation and analysis, kinship, human computation and social mapping.

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A panel discussion between artist Ilona Sagar, Alex Taylor (Human-Computer Interaction Design, City University) and Laura Vaughan (Space Syntax Laboratory at The Bartlett , UCL).

The panel will explore methods of observation and analysis, kinship, human computation and social mapping. Discussing how these are infused in the often slippery and surprisingly human nature of data and surveying technologies that describes the space in between buildings, landscape and community.

Alex Taylor is a Sociologist and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Centred Interaction Design at City, University of London. With a fascination for the entanglements between social life and machines, his research ranges from empirical studies of technology in everyday life to speculative design interventions. He draws on feminist technoscience to ask questions about the roles human-machine composites play in forms of knowing and being, and how they open up possibilities for fundamental transformations in society. Discover more about his work on his blog and twitter.

Laura Vaughan is Professor of Urban Form and Society and Director of the Space Syntax Laboratory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. She has led a number of interdisciplinary research projects that consider some of the most critical aspects of cities today, ranging from ethnic segregation and health, poverty and housing, to economic and social vitality. These include at present: ActEarly, A City Collaboratory approach to early promotion of good health and wellbeing in Bradford and London; and a Memory Map of the Jewish East End. Her book, Mapping Society: The Spatial Dimensions of Social Cartography, was published open access with UCL Press in 2018. Discover more about her work her blog and twitter.

Ilona Sagar lives and works in London. Using a diverse range of media spanning performance, film and sound installation, she has formed a body of work which responds to the social and historical context found in the public and private spaces we inhabit. Sagar’s practice is developed in a cross-disciplinary dialogue with a range of art and scientific disciplines including dance, architecture and neurology. Forthcoming solo commissions include: Serpentine Gallery, London and a residency at Uniarts, Helsinki. Her film ‘Correspondence O’ (2017) won an AHRC Research in Film Award in 2018. Recent projects include: ‘Living with Buildings’, Wellcome Collection, London (2018/2019); ‘Self Service’ publication and event series, CCA and GOMA, Glasgow as part of Glasgow International (2018); ‘Correspondence O’, solo exhibition at South London Gallery, London (2017/2018). Find more on her website and twitter.

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