‘Ways of Reading’ is an exploratory day of talks, interventions, and performances co-presented by Kadist and e-flux, on Saturday, February 1 from 11 am to 7pm.
The symposium examines how forms of information describe, prescribe, organize, and even misrepresent reality. This framework aims to emphasize how data and statistical analysis can function as powerful, yet often incomplete tools that can be wielded to produce exclusionary models for social distribution and recognition. While numerical mistakes are plain to see once revealed, false positives, cognitive biases, and other forms of erroneous thinking are not unique to computational logics alone. The presentations explore data as a theme in general, across various disciplines including public health, urban planning, archeology, geology, and others. Playfully investigative rather than thesis driven, the symposium proposes that understanding is made richer, if not possibly more truthful, by including a diversity of research practices and forms of critique that take alternative views and approaches into consideration. If we were to present a guiding thought for the day, it would be to remember that: a sparrow, to an ornithologist, is not the same thing as to a poet.
Participants include American Artist; Anti-Eviction Mapping Project; Jérôme Bel; James Bridle; KateCrawford; Martha Kenney; Laura Kurgan; Trevor Paglen; Gala Porras Kim; Kameelah Janan Rasheed; Steve Rowell; Davide Christelle Sanvee; and Andros Zins Browne. Curated by Adam Kleinman, KADIST’s Regional Curator for North America.
Saturday, February 1, 11am-7pm
311 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002