Optimise your transformation
By Joey Holder
A data revolution is underway, one that is already reshaping how knowledge is produced, business conducted, and governance enacted, as well as raising many questions concerning surveillance, privacy, security, profiling, social sorting, and intellectual property rights’ – Rob Kitchin. As technology accelerates it gathers an ever-increasing amount of data from a myriad of devices. Much of this data is provided by users interacting with this technology through programmed interfaces within a constant information stream. With the introduction of smart cities and the Internet of things, the physical web will become ever more present, once inanimate objects evolving into smart devices, becoming nodes in controlled networks. They too will be able to provide information, increasing the deluge of relational data and the possibilities of its usage. Medical Tech companies are now also able to explore the data in our bodies through DNA. Google Genomics has been launched providing an API to store, process, explore, and share DNA sequence reads, reference-based alignments, and variant calls, using Google's cloud infrastructure. With this in mind the piece of work (‘Optimise your transformation’) is the scene of a medical room, full of high tech equipment that may represent a multi-way exchange of information from both ‘organic’ and ‘inorganic’ matter. Joey Holder was Artist-in-Residence at One Thoresby Street (2014) in association with Near Now. She was a recent finalist for the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award; included in ‘Vestige: The Future is Here’, Design Museum, London and ‘Multinatural Histories’, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Massachusetts, USA (2013). Last year (2014) she exhibited widely with projects including ‘hypersalon’ at Miami Basel and ‘HYDROZOAN’ a solo exhibition as part of the Liverpool Biennial program at The Royal Standard (with support from Near Now, Nottingham and Arts Council England). This year she was selected for ‘The Multiverse’ residency at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK and presented ‘BioStat.’ a solo exhibition at Project Native Informant, London, UK (2015).