1st Edition

Data Publics Public Plurality in an Era of Data Determinacy

Edited By Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer Copyright 2020
    246 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Data has emerged as a key component that determines how interactions across the world are structured, mediated and represented. This book examines these new data publics and the areas in which they become operative, via analysis of politics, geographies, environments and social media platforms.

    By claiming to offer a mechanism to translate every conceivable occurrence into an abstract code that can be endlessly manipulated, digitally processed data has caused conventional reference systems which hinge on our ability to mark points of origin, to rapidly implode. Authors from a range of disciplines provide insights into such a political economy of data capitalism; the political possibilities of techno-logics beyond data appropriation and data refusal; questions of visual, spatial and geographical organization; emergent ways of life and the environments that sustain them; and the current challenges of data publics, which is explored via case studies of three of the most influential platforms in the social media economy today: Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp.

    Data Publics will be of great interest to academics and students in the fields of computer science, philosophy, sociology, media and communication studies, architecture, visual culture, art and design, and urban and cultural studies.



    Section One: Politics

    Chapter One: In Praise of Plasticity

    Matthew Fuller

    Chapter Two: Data Capitalism, Sociogenic Prediction and Recursive Indeterminacies

    Luciana Parisi and Ezekiel Dixon-Román 

    Chapter Three: Emotariat Accelerationism and the Republic of Data 

    Ignacio Valero

    Section Two: Environments

    Chapter Four: Unearthly Domain: the enigmatic data publics of satellites  

    Stephen Graham

    Chapter Five: Sensing Air and Creaturing Data

    Jennifer Gabrys

    Chapter Six: Offsite: data, materiality, landscape, compression

    Benj Gerdes

    Chapter Seven: Fracking Sociality: architecture, real estate and the internet’s new urbanism 

    Louis Moreno

    Section Three: Platforms

    Chapter Eight: City-Making in the Age of Platforms

    Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer

    Chapter Nine: The Aesthetic Society

    Lev Manovich

    Chapter Ten: Publics or Post-Publics? Contemporary expression after the mobile Phone   

    Ravi Sundaram


    Peter Mörtenböck is Professor of Visual Culture at TU Wien’s School of Architecture and Planning, and Professorial Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, London.

    Helge Mooshammer is a cultural theorist based at Goldsmiths College, London and TU Wien.