GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo
Via San Tomaso, 53
13.00 – 18.00 Video Proiezione / GAMeC, Sala Proiezioni – Ingresso gratuito
15.30 – 17.30 Artists’ talk a cura di Claudia D’Alonzo / GAMeC, Spazio ParolaImmagine
17.30 – 18.00 Presentazione e consegna opera
Friday 17 May 2019 from 15.30 to 17.30 The Blank Contemporary Art, in collaboration with GAMeC – Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bergamo and the Academy of Fine Arts G. Carrara, presents My Little Big Data by Eva and Franco Mattes, with a talk open to the public and a preview of the video work that will become part of the Museum Collection.
My Little Big Data is a project by the artists Eva and Franco Mattes, promoted by The Blank Contemporary Art, winner of the third edition of Italian Council (2018), a competition conceived by the Directorate – General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) – an organism of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, to promote Italian contemporary art in the world, with the support of Fotomuseum Winterthur and Athens Biennial and with the collaboration of GAMeC – Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bergamo and international institution such as: Italian Institute of Culture, Barcelona; Goldsmiths University, London; New School University, New York.
My Little Big Data is a reflection on the meaning of “living connected” and on how our public and private lives are becoming almost indistinguishable.
Each of our online actions leaves an invisible trace buried in the data. Taken together, these tracks can reveal very intimate details about us, such as changes in emotional states, interpersonal relationships, political vision or geographic location. Our personal information is constantly collected, organized, analyzed and sold by a range of actors such as government agencies, social media, banking institutions or smartphone apps. All these entities are competing to influence user behavior, translating it into profit and political consensus. My Little Big Data is a do-it-yourself survey that aims to reveal the shape and extent to which our personal data can be extracted and exploited.
In the last ten months Eva and Franco Mattes, in collaboration with the Share Foundation of Novi Sad, have analyzed the metadata of over 70,000 personal e-mails sent and received between 2007 and 2017, obtaining “psycho-graphs” that interpret these data, the personal and interpersonal networks of the two artists, their behavioral habits, recurring patterns and anomalies. The results of the analysis were translated into an installation composed of kilometers of colored, “psychographic” cables printed on office furniture and an essay video that will be presented at international cultural events, including participation in the latest edition of the Athens Biennial , a personal exhibition at the Care of in Milan and the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Zurich, two academic conferences at Goldsmiths University in London and at the New School University in New York and a presentation at the Italian Cultural Institute in Barcelona.
Using computer tools and analysis algorithms the artists aspire to create a new awareness of the current exploitation of data and their potential use, transforming these technologies into a tool accessible to all, to give life to new narratives to understand and experiment creatively with them.
On 17 May 2019 from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm the GAMeC – Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bergamo will host a meeting with the artists, open to the public, promoted together with the Academy of Fine Arts G. Carrara as part of the Media Phenomenology course by Prof. Claudia D’Alonzo, followed by the official presentation of the project by Stefano Raimondi, president of The Blank Contemporary Art and by Lorenzo Giusti, Director of GAMeC.
From 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm the video My Little Big Data will be visible in preview in the Museum Projection Room and for the occasion it will be possible to access it for free.