Do Algorithms Dream of Electronic Shapes?

The Digital Hub, in partnership with artist and inventor Robin Price, commissions unique art project called ‘Do Algorithms Dream of Electronic Shapes?’ to explore Dublin 8’s relationship with social media and data. The project is part of The Digital Hub’s involvement in health and wellbeing initiative Smart D8.

- Live laser projection nightly on the iconic St. Patrick’s Tower
- Runs from Monday 17th of January until Sunday 6th of March.
The challenge and tensions of data and privacy in our increasingly online world is an important topic, and we hope that Do Algorithms Dream of Electronic Shapes? can visualise that conversation in Dublin 8 and spark discussion around how we use social media and its effect on us.”
- Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO of The Digital Hub.

The Digital Hub, in partnership with acclaimed artist and inventor Robin Price, has commissioned one of its most unique art projects to date in the form of a laser installation called ‘Do Algorithms Dream of Electronic Shapes?’.

The live installation will see a nightly laser projection on the iconic St. Patrick’s Tower in the Liberties and will explore Dublin 8’s relationship with social media and data.

Artist and Physicist Robin Price
Artist and Physicist Robin Price

The project, which is part of The Digital Hub’s involvement in health and wellbeing initiative Smart D8, is aiming to explore the concept of privacy and how people share their lives to social media. At its core is to question how we see social media, and how it sees us.

‘Do algorithms dream of electronic shapes?’ takes a random selection of Dublin’s social media, posted by day, and feeds them through artificial intelligence at night to ask what the computers see in us. Drawing out these digital dreams with laser beams, we can see what biases we have already trained into these algorithms, and how the ability to share and perform our lives through curated displays of imagery has changed us.

The project will display up to 1500 interpretations of images each night, with the laser light show running on St. Patrick’s Tower at The Digital Hub campus from dusk until dawn. The resulting animations and photography are displayed throughout the day both in the windows of The Digital Hub’s iD8 studio and online at the @do_algorithms_dream Instagram account.

The public artwork runs from Monday 17th of January until Sunday 6th of March.

The privacy notice for this exhibition can be downloaded here.

Find Do Algorithms Dream on Instagram here

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