Book Launch and Reading – Reality Harvester: Nature after Data after Nature 

by slutty urbanism


Organised in collaboration with Technopolitcs, we will be presenting our contribution to the book Reality Harvester: Nature after Data after Nature. Also, with Carmen Lael Hines’s reading on her sharp and bloody cool chapter on menstrual tracking apps, and Benj Gerdes. Wine and snacks were served as a delicious complement during the evening and the debate.

The aesthetic and material lives of overlapping phenomena: big data and automation, labour, climate, finance and e-commerce, technological infrastructures, biometrics, behavioural science, and surveillance are the focus of this dual publication (website and book). Over the course of two years, the group concentrated on the intertwined representations and roles played by the natural world and networked digital communications in explaining how the present is shaped – defined as “data industrial complex”. This pandemic-adjusted investigation is replicated alongside contributions from domains such as art, architecture, media theory, urbanism, activism, ethnography, environmental humanities, human ecology, poetry, and curatorial practice in a book-length partnership with designers Persson Valijani. An analogous interactive website depicts a “data eco-system” with subjective navigations across the terrains of data flow, natural resource exploitation, and financial and power interactions. Daniel Bodén, Michaela Casková, Sebastian Dahlqvist, Maryam Fanni, Carmen Lael Hines, Into the Black Box, Daniel Cardoso Llach, Jesse D. Peterson, Eugene S. von Rosen, Soni Sagan, Aron Skoog, Nils Svensk, Slutty Urbanism, Sophie Vitelli, and Tess Takahashi contributed to the publication.

Book launch and reading sessions, Studio Eckermann Nestler – Vienna.