The Emboidered Digital Commons is coming to Mozfest 2018!
We'll be embroidering the term Data:
"Data: Information. Can mean anything from numbers to images, from white
noise to noise to sound. A weather report, a portrait, a shadow in
surveillance footage, a salary statement, birth and death statistics, a
headcount in a gathering of friends, private e-mail, ultra high
frequency signals, sale and purchase transactions and the patterns made
by pedestrians as they walk in a city - all of this can be and is data.
Data, like coal, uranium and other minerals vital to the running of the
world economy is mined, processed, refined and sold at a high price.
Battlefields, early twenty first century inter-personal relationships
and stock exchanges have been known to be hypersensitive to data
traffic. Data mining is a major emerging industry in Delhi. The miners
lead very quiet days, and spend long nights coding in low temperature
zones called "Data Outsourcing Centres". Contrarily, the word 'Data'
(dãtã) in Hindi/Sanskrit is taken to mean "giver", which suggests that
one must always be generous with information, and make gifts of our
code, images and ideas. To be stingy with data is to violate an instance
of the secret and sacred compacts of homophonic words from different
cultural/spatial orbits ('dãtã' in Hindi and 'data' in English) as they
meet in the liminal zone between languages, in the thicket of the sound
of quotidian slips of the tongue. Errors in transmission and
understanding too carry gifts and data."
Come and find us!