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Thursday Night Live! The Vertical Atlas: Island.eu

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The Vertical Atlas: Island.eu explores ways of mapping new geographies, based on the tension between Europe's data protection against the borderless reality of cyberspace and the simultaneous datafication of the Mediterranean sea as an extended border of European sovereignty.

Since the early 2000s, a new sovereign model has started to surface from the supposedly free space of the Internet: cloud platforms such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple (GAFA). Over the years, it has become clear that these platforms represent not only a new corporate model, but also a political one that claims sovereignty over cyber and material space through its infrastructure and algorithms. At the same time, modern states are beginning to morph into platforms themselves. In this context, the clash between the European Union and the American GAFA stack over European citizens’ data resulted in a showdown between these two logics of governance. The newly released GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is the first product of this battle.

While in Brussels EU politicians hear Mark Zuckerberg’s defence on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, at the southern border of the Union the Mediterranean sea is turned in to one of the most surveilled areas in the world by the EU itself. Projects such as Frontex and Eurosur are implemented by the European Union to map and datafy the surface of the sea, extending the EU’s sovereignty through the machinic vision of monitoring satellites and the presence of the coastguard’s fleet. Whilst flows of migrants from Africa and West Asia are claimed in the form of data, the people themselves are not welcome. Safety and efficiency are the regulatory logic behind these policies, with biometric indexing at the borders already being discussed.

Benjamin Bratton

Benjamin Bratton is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Director of The Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Professor of Digital Design at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He is a sociologist, architecture and design theorist who is well known for combining philosophical and aesthetic research, organisation planning and strategy, and for his publications on the cultural consequences of digitalisation and globalisation.

Victoria Ivanova

Victoria Ivanova is a curator, researcher, and writer living in London. Having previously worked in the human rights field, in 2010, she co-founded a multidisciplinary cultural platform in Donetsk, Ukraine, which critically explored the intersection between activism, education and artistic research. Ivanova is one of the founding members of Real Flow—a research and development platform for socialising finance. Her practice is largely informed by systems analysis and her interest in infrastructures as mechanisms for shaping and (re)producing socio-economic and political realities. Current research interests include technological innovation and financialisation in the context of the contemporary art sphere, and possibilities for new technological infrastructures in prototyping post-Westphalian citizenship models. Ivanova's recent publications include ‘Art’s Values: A Détente, a Grand Plié' in Parse 2: The Value of Contemporary Art (2015), ‘Novelty Intermediation and the Future of Accelerationist Politics’ in Reinventing Horizons (2016), ‘Fractured Mediations’ in The Time-Complex. Postcontemporary (2016) and ‘Contemporary Art and Financialisation: Two Approaches’ in Finance and Society (Art and Finance issue, 2016). Ivanova is currently completing her PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths.

Marten Kaveats

Marten Kaevats, is the National Digital Advisor in the Government Office of Estonia (or unofficially the Chief Innovation Officer of Estonia). He studies the impact of various scalable technologies on the spatial behaviour of individual people and communities, as he believes that the industrial revolution and the hyperlocal model of life will create reformatory changes to the spatial and social behaviour of people. Marten graduated from the governmental talent management programme in 2017. He is educated as an architect and city planner and lead the TAB 2015 “Self Driven City” curatorial team.

The Vertical Atlas

The Vertical Atlas is an attempt at techno-political cartography developed through a series of five events that combine a public evening programme and related research labs. Departing from the conceptual model laid out by Benjamin Bratton in The Stack, this series aims at investigating specific geozones where the entanglement of different sovereignties surface and different stacks clash. The Stack model, with its different functional layers, is a way of schematising and investigating the accidental megastructure of planetary scale technological developments. Applying the Stack model reveals characteristics of materialised techno-politics that remain hidden under current predominantly economical, technocratic or cultural modes of understanding. The Vertical Atlas is an attempt to play the stack model against actual geographies to unravel the mesh of intertwined conflicts among powers and sovereignties.

The research labs are initiated and curated by Benjamin Bratton, Leonardo Dellanoce, Arthur Steiner and Klaas Kuitenbrouwer and are hosted by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Hivos and Stedelijk Museum (to be confirmed). Each event in the series will be focused on a specific geozone and its own set of frictions and fractures among the stacks’ political, economic and algorithmic sovereignties. Key voices from the regions will interrogate, challenge and/or implement the stacks at their own coordinates.

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