"Big Bang Data," the new exhibition curated by friend José Luis de Vicente and Olga Subirós, opens at CCCB in Barcelona this week, and if you're able to get there, you really must go check it out. Not only does the exhibition deal with many provocative topics around the present and future of data in our lives, it also features "Winning Formula," the project I recently worked on with Near Future Laboratory exploring how data will impact football. That work opened at FutureEverything last month in Manchester, and centers around a speculative sports newspaper created from 2018 which explores themes including emerging forms of data analysis, predictive analytics and health, data-based "doping," machine-based decision making and more.
An except from the "Big Bang Data" description:
"Is data the new oil, a potentially boundless source of wealth? Is it the ammunition for arms of mass surveillance? Or should it be primarily an opportunity, an instrument for knowledge, prevention, efficiency and transparency, a tool to help construct a more transparent, participatory democracy?
Big Bang Data explores the phenomenon of the information explosion we are currently experiencing.The last five years have seen the emergence of a generalized awareness among academic and scientific sectors, government agencies, businesses and culture that generating, processing and above all interpreting data is radically transforming our society.
We all generate data, with our mobile phones, sensors, social networks, digital photographs and videos, purchase transactions and GPS signals. What is new is that it is increasingly easy to store and process these vast quantities of data that detect patterns (of incidents, behaviour, consumption, voting, investment, etc.). This fact is very quickly and completely changing the way decisions are made at all levels.
Taking part in the project are creators such as Christopher Baker, Chris Jordan, Ingo Gunther , Erik Kessels, David Bowen, Aaron Koblin, Eric Fischer, Near Future Laboratory, Bestiario, along with investigators, activists, designers, educators, analysts, cartographers, engineers, economists, architects, communicators, programmers, journalists and many others."
Here's an additional taste of what's in store:
The exhibition is open for five months, and will include workshops and educational programs as well as other activities. Do check it out if you can, or keep up with it on Twitter. I'll be there this weekend to see it in person.
Today Sports - A speculative newspaper from 2018 from 'Winning Formula'.