Still Lives, Life Data: Tsila Hassine on the Internet of Things

Still Lives, Life Data Tsila Hassine on the Internet of Things With Amnon Dekel Wednesday, July 15, 7pm

The Internet of Things is the future of objects. It is a network of everyday objects that are connected to the internet via telecommunication technology. Industry leaders describe scenarios in which objects will not only be connected to the cloud and to other objects, but will actually become service providers. For example, a connected toaster is not only connected online, but is part of an assemblage of objects and entities that guarantee a “perfect breakfast” experience. Artist and theorist Tsila Hassine will lay out her current research project on the future of the art object. While there are already about 5 billion objects connected to the IoT, with 25 billion predicted for 2020, there are virtually no art objects on that network. Hassine’s ground-breaking research explores the possibilities of integrating Europe’s cultural heritage into a cultural era of connected objects and environments. During her presentation Hassine will address questions such as: How will the coming paradigm shift transform our object-based environment and the design, manufacture, consumption, and function of things? What will become of the work of human hands as the IoT takes hold? What will become of our object-based scholarship and art? How will our unconnected artifacts make us see our connected culture?

About the Speakers Tsila Hassine (missdata) examines the shifts in contemporary culture brought upon by accelerated digitization processes. Her works question the unbearable lightness of connectivity, and negotiate the price of remaining constantly ״on.” She earned an MFA in Media Design from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and was a research fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Paris Sorbonne University. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Digital Art, Holon; the Science Museum, Jerusalem; Transmediale, Berlin; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Smart Project Space in Amsterdam, and many others. Her work is currently on view at the CCA as part of “Captive Portal,” the CCA’s digital fifth wall.

Dr. Amnon Dekel is the Chair of the Software Engineering Department at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design & Art in Israel. Dekel has over 20 years experience in product development of IT-based services and applications, as well as over 15 years experience in applied research in the areas of user experience and mobile computing. Dekel has received numerous international awards, including a Pulitzer nomination for his work with the New York Times. Dekel is also a practicing digital artist whose work most recently appeared at Campus-IL as part of the 2013 ARS Electronica festival in Austria.

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