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DAMNº 75 – on information overload

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More data has been created and stored since the turn of the millennium than in the entire history of humanity. This data feeds information, which in turn creates knowledge. And yet too much data feels disempowering; it’s a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment.
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DAMNº 75 – on information overload

DAMNº 75 – on information overload | DAMNº 75 cuts through the realities of information – as news, as data, as spy, as art.

More data has been created and stored since the turn of the millennium than in the entire history of humanity. This data feeds information, which in turn creates knowledge. And yet too much data feels disempowering; it’s a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment.

In DAMNº 75 we hear from big name artists like Kate Crawford, Lucie McCrae and Simon Fujiwara and on how art must maintain its intimate connection with memory to counter the pressures of a knife-edge present. We look at how everything from gadgets to apps are masterfully designed to keep us coming back. Back for more – for more likes, more comments, more headlines while news media is floundering by their dependence on advertising dollars.

We hear from Studio Cream on Chrome whose work experiments with new formats of journalism and was presented as in two of the major cultural events of the past few months – BIO design in Ljubljana and Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.

We also hear from curators Thomas Geizler about the similarities between journalism and design and also Dennis Elbers about the importance of always looking critically at statistics via a long-lost project by Stefan Sagmeister. We also have a penetrating look at the new design exhibition at the Design Museum Holon where Aric Chen has followed up the 2010 show State of Things with a brilliant new exhibition, State of Extremes.

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