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The Despondency Index, a new economic indicator recently launched by the Bureau of Inverse Technology uses video data captured by the Suicide Box to measure social phenomena previously inaccurately quantified. The public showing of the index and source suicide data will demonstrate the implications of the economics of suicide and information capital.
Other projects, products and databases developed by the bureau will be presented to raise questions about the representational strategies in the production of 'neutral' information. Database Politics, exposes the implicit consequences involved in rendering the world as digital information. by conflating the banalities of marketing demographics, genetic information, and other encyclopedic data-collection initiatives, these projects demonstrate how database fields define and impose conceptual divisions. These divisions in turn predetermine public understanding of information and the social forces of microprocessor based culture.
To contrast the bureaucratized technical imagination of the bureau, works that function outside of this framework will be screened. These projects use computational and electromechanical elements to make tangible uncommodified phenomena; a digital materialism that manifests information in other forms, not to provide relief to information fetishism, but rather to reimagine its prescribed representational forms.