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Euro-vision, or the Making of the Automated Gaze

How do predictive technologies shape the emergence and evolution of migrant flows, and consequently modes of governance and of seeing?

 Euro-vision image2The project aims to investigate how the gaze offered by the patterns drawn from economic, social and humanitarian data alter their subject of inquiry through detailed capture divided into irreducible parts, and the production of analysis tools based on machine learning (statistical models). In turn, this pattern recognition affords remote control and execution upon migrant bodies by performing modes of (bio)power, helping formulate and endorse novel research, structuring international stewardship, and the administration of human rights. 

What does prediction produce? Euro-vision examines the ‘affects’ that predictive technologies have in the emergence and evolution of migrant flows. Using the figure of the 'artist gaze' as a mode of cultural apprehension, we investigate the realm of risk assessment algorithms and predictive policing systems, the use of automated software for governance, and ultimately the affective forms of power embedded in them.

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Project team

Dr Btihaj Ajana - academic lead

Dr Btihaj Ajana is an international scholar in the fields of digital culture and social analysis. Her academic research is interdisciplinary in nature and spans many areas of expertise including the critical study of new media technologies and identity systems, digital health and self-tracking technologies, museum developments and curatorial processes, immigration and citizenship governance, and the socio-political and ethical dynamics of surveillance culture.

Geographically, Btihaj’s work has covered the UK, UAE, Denmark and the rest of the EU. She was Marie Curie Fellow (2015-2017) at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies where she has been researching the phenomenon of the Quantified Self and health tracking culture. Find out more about this ongoing project on www.metriclife.net.

Btihaj has a BA (Hons) with First Class in Media Studies and Computing Science from London South Bank University, an MA with Distinction in Digital Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a PhD in Sociology from London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining King’s College London in 2010, she taught sociology at the LSE and worked with media organisations specialising in factual programming about the Middle East. 

FRAUD - artistic lead

FRAUD is a métis duo of artist-researchers (Dr Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo) currently resident in Somerset House Studios. Their backgrounds include computational and software culture, environmental history, postcolonial feminism, cultural studies, disruptive design, performance and space systems engineering.

The duo focuses on exploring forms of slow violence and necropolitics that are embedded in the entanglement of archiving practices and technical objects, the negentropic logic of global logistics, and erasure as a disruptive technology in knowledge production. They also belong to networks of artist-researchers such as the Critical Software Thing (CST) exploring the critical face of "execution".

FRAUD has received the Wellcome Trust People Award (UK), TapCity (US), Catedra Holdim (SP), Interactivos? ’10 (BR), Disonanzias (Basque Country), Emergent Geographies (SP), the architectural award for the Madrid Civil Registry building in collaboration with OSS, and funding from the Economic and Social Science Rearch Council (UK), the Canada Art Council, and the Danish Art Council (DM).

Euro-vision, or the Making of the Automated Gaze is a collaboration between King's College London's Department of Digital Humanities and artist duo FRAUD, brokered and supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s in partnership with Somerset House Studios.

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