Data in the 21st Century

The exhibition Data in the 21st Century explores the friction between the unpredictable reality that we live in and the desire to capture it in data.

Dec 2015
Feb 2016
10:00 to 17:00
location: V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL, Rotterdam

Data in the 21st Century
The capitalist belief that profit-seeking is the best way to manage and develop societies has sparked an unprecedented desire to abstract and quantify everything into data. In the pursuit of economic efficiency, data is money, data is power, data is everything and everything is data. Yet data is contingent on a world that is messy, irrational, unstable, and emotional. The rise of so-called big data and the emergence of technologies that are able to quantify our every move, preference and behaviour, have demonstrated where the friction lies between the unpredictable reality that we live in and the desire to capture it in data. The public program Data in the 21st Century will explore how this friction has changed and shaped our relationship to data and seeks to discuss how this relationship will develop in the future.

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Featured Artists

Kyle McDonald
Daniel Goddemeyer, Moritz Stefaner
Dominikus Baur & Lev Manovich
Martin John Callanan
Timo Arnall
Informal Strategies 
PWR Studio 
Max Dovey & Manetta Berends

Opening Hours & Entrance

December 19, 2015 - February 14, 2016
Thursday - Sunday, 11h - 18h*
* Open every day during IFFR2016: January 27 - February 7
Entrance: 3,5 EUR (at the door, or buy online here)

Upcoming events (click for more information)

5 February 18-21h: Kunstavond 
12 February 17-19h: A lecture by Lev Manovich, performance by 'Max Dovey and Manetta Berends & closing
12 February 19-21h: Art Rotterdam Kunstavond

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During Data in the 21st Century a selection of books from V2_ Publishing will be on sale against reduced prices. The reduced prices are only available for visitors of the exhibition and do not apply to our webshop.


This project is part of Futurosity, a yearlong program with artist and writer Douglas Coupland as Kunstblock’s ‘artist in focus’. Kunstblock invites everyone to come and jointly consider the term ‘future’, through various exhibits, projects, events and workshops. Kunstblock is a collaborative group made up of art institutions in the Witte de With quarter: TENTCBK Rotterdam, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Showroom MAMAWitte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Worm, Institute for Avant-garde Recreation.

Futurosity is part of Rotterdam viert de stad! (for the complete program go to: www.rotterdamviertdestad.nl) and is kindly supported by the City of Rotterdam (Rotterdam. Make it Happen) and The Art of Impact.

The first part of the Futurosity program is the exhibition Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, on view until 3 January 2016.




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