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Fermenting Data

Fermenting Data is a research and curatorial project which is ongoing and currently takes many forms, including multidisciplinary collaborations and workshops, exhibitions, artistic commissions, symposia, datasets and archives creation, and publications. 

The project challenges ideas about what data practices are and who might be involved in processing data. We learn from microbes, such as those fueling fermentation process, to explore fermentation and digitalization togehter.

Visit project website https://fermentingdata.net/about/



Tyżlik-Carver, Magdalena , Lozana Rossenova and Lukas Fuchsgruber "Curating/Fermenting Data: data workflows for semantic web applications Curating/Fermenting Data". Participative Computing for Sustainable Futures : Adjunct Proceedings of the 12th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI’22. New York: Association for Computing Machinery. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1145/3547522.3547701

Tyżlik-Carver, Magdalena "Curating/Fermenting Data: speculative practices for curatorial futures". and El Baroni, Bassam Crone, Bridget (editors). Companion to Curatorial Futures. Edinburgh University Press Ltd. (Forthcoming).



31 May 2022 Online Roundtable: Tech-Meets-Biology Curators

Magda Tyzlik-Carver presented her research on the digitalisation and microbial processes and speculative approaches to posthuman curating during the Roundtable Tech-Meets_Biology Curators organised by Central Saint Martins, UAL.
Other speakers include Christian de Lutz and Tuçe Erel, Curators of ‘Hackers, Makers, Thinkers’ exhibition at Art Laboratory Berlin, Alice Smits and Theun Karelse, Curators of 'Machine Wilderness' exhibition. The Chair: Heather Barnett, Pathway Leader MA Art & Science, Director of the Art & Living Systems Lab, Central Saint Martins

29 January 2022 Transmediale symposium panel: Calculation Otherwise

The panel Calculation Otherwise at Transmediale 2022 (Berlin) presented different techniques of knowing engaged in data collection and the classification of information showing how calculation can be reimagined, exploring values beyond number and measure to facilitate new, more careful scales. Other presented projects included work of Mary Maggic GENITAL( * )PANIC - a response to the policing of non-normative bodies in the midst of rising environmental toxicity; Samir Bhowmik's talk on the subjects of extractivism and terraforming as construction of subjectivities; and Timothée Parrique talked about degrowth and simulation by GDP, an indicator of economic activity contained in a single number.

15 October 2021 Fermenting Data Symposium: Mapping City, Bodies, Data and Realtions

This symposium, organised to accompany the exhibition Fermenting Data: Aarhus 8000-8220, was dedicated  to exploration of mapping as diverse processes of tracing affective relations between things, people, and other phenomena including environment. Introducing projects that draw their methods from art, design and data science, the invited speakers included Marie Louise Juul Sondegaard, Mathieu Jacomy, Anders Visti, and Sigrid Stue.

17 Sept - 16 Oct 2022 Exhibition Fermenting Data: Aarhus 8000-8220

The exhibition Fermenting Data: Aarhus 8000-8220 presented two commissioned art projects, Sphagnum Tine by Sissel Marie Tonn, and Aarhus Urban Operating System by Anders Visti, and curatorial installation of data generated during workshops in Autumn 2020. The exhibition takes place in two city locations in Spanien gallery and Andromeda in Gellerup. The two locations are connected by (Echo sound) map telling stories of data and fermentation, city and its people, bodies and their times, jars and microbes.

Since 2020 WORKSHOPS

The project regularly takes a form of workshops organised in collaboration with arts organisations, university departments, with artists, scholars, researchersa and many participants who joined these events. To see documentation of different workshops visit https://fermentingdata.net/

2023 Fermenting Data Canteen, Technical University in Berlin organised with Lozana Rossenova and Lukas Fuchsgruber.

2022 workshop at NordiCHI 2022 conference (see CFP) organised with Lozana Rossenova and Lukas Fuchsgruber.

2021 series of three workshops organised in collaboration with Anders Visti, on the invitation of Den Grænseløse Festival 2021

2020 series of three workshops organised in collaboration with Anders Visti, Aysha Amin (Andromeda), Grete Aagaard (Sigrids Stue).