Academy of Thoughts

Data Polluters (Interfight)

by César Escudero Andaluz (ES)
The project Interfight (2015) is a series of physical bots, (DataPolluters) that interacts freely through touch-screens accessing to social networks, browsers and webs. These untraceable bots, behaves as intruders: taping, clicking, scrolling randomly, opening and closing applications or taking decisions, in order to provide wrong information for tracking and website analysis. Interfight obfuscates the mechanism of data capture and data analysis in platforms such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, or Aliexpress, being an important ally in the fight against Surveillance Capitalism. This workshop addressed to those who have concerns about critical Interfaces, new media cultural politics and non-conformism towards the Internet data management, especially tracking Web site location and Web site analysis, design homogenization and GUI standards. Practically, this Workshop focuses on basic circuit development, welding and the ensemble of BEAM robotics –a type of stands for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics.
  • Hauptplatz 8 - Courtyard
  • 11. September


    14:00 - 15:30: Workshop: "Data Polluters (interfight)" with Cesar Escudero Andaluz
    15:30 - 17:00: Workshop: "FANGØ" with Martin Nadal
    18:00 - 18:20: Lecture by Martin Nadal: “Nōn omne quod nitet aurum est”, authenticity of the NFT
    18:20 - 18:40: Lecture and reply by CryptoWiener: "How CryptoWiener captured cultural icons on the Etherum network"
    18:30 - 19:00: Final Roundtable with CryptoWiener, Martin Nadal, César Escudero Andaluz, Martin Zeilinger, Rosemary Lee and Manuela Naveau
César Escudero Andaluz is an artist focused on digital culture, interface criticism and their social and political effects. César’s research addresses issues such as dataveillance, algorithm governance, tactical interface and critical mining. His practices combine interfaces, electronics, images, interactive installations robotics with critical design, media archaeology and digital humanities. Escudero is Ph.D. Candidate and Lecturer in Postmedia Practices and Journal Club in the Interface Cultures Department at University of Art and Design Linz Austria. He has been a guest lecturer in the Digital Aesthetic Department at Aahus University, Visual Art and Multimedia Master at UPV University, National University of Colombia. He organises the annual event Sankt Interface.