Data CTRL Centre

Data CTRL Centre

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30.10.2020 - 22.11.2020
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An offline exhibition of Data CTRL Center project opened on October 30 at the M17 Contemporary Art Center.

Data CTRL Center is a large-scale regional project initiated by the Goethe-Institut, aimed at promoting media literacy and personal data protection on the Internet. The project features an online and offline exhibition curated by popular science media Kunsht (Kyiv) and Tactical Tech (Berlin). The exhibition is supported by an International Online Youth Hackathon in collaboration with Junge Tüftler  (Berlin) and the 1991 Open Data Incubator (Kyiv).

The main purpose of the exhibition is to regain control over their data. With the help of the exhibition, we would like to show why it is so important to develop critical thinking and media literacy in modern conditions. We lose control of our personal data. But it can be returned. Yes, man is the most vulnerable link on the Internet, but we are able to master the tools of protection.

The exhibition features works by Ukrainian and world artists working with artificial intelligence, augmented reality, face recognition and other digital tools. You can see the works of German artist Aram Bartholl, South Korean art group Shinseungback Kimyonghun, American artist and founder of Google Artists and Machine Intelligence Mike Tyka, Ukrainian artists Lera Polianskova and Max Robotov (as SVITER art group), Stepan Ryabchenko. Companies such as RefaceAl and Sensorama Lab worked on individual exhibits.

The exhibition also features the best projects of the International Online Youth Hackathon, initiated by the Goethe-Institut in Ukraine in collaboration with Junge Tüftler (Germany) and 1991 Open Data Incubator (Ukraine), which took place on October 9-12. The project aimed to bring together youngsters from Germany, Eastern Europe and Central Asia to develop new ideas and extraordinary solutions in the field of data security, data confidentiality and misinformation.

“We are designing the exhibition and exhibits according to the new standards created by the coronavirus pandemic”, said Darya Kuzyava and Kyrylo Beskorovainy, curators of the exhibition and co-founders of the Kunsht project.

The exhibition focuses on the new The Glass Room: Misinformation Edition from Tactical Tech. The main mission of the format is not to intimidate, but on the contrary – to inspire a change in attitudes towards personal data, privacy and information. The Glass Room: Misinformation Edition is based on the Glass Room Community Edition, which has been attended by about 200,000 people in libraries, conferences and festivals in many cities around the world. In particular, a similar exhibition was held at the Kyiv Biennale, where it was seen by 50,000 visitors.

Ms Beate Koehler, Director of Goethe-Institut Ukraine: “Goethe-Institut Ukraine promotes self- determination/self-awareness projects and joins the discourse on digital transformation. Because, eventually, it is always a question of personal freedom”.

Under the project, the Goethe-Institut team is preparing a program of public lectures, readings and discussions.

M17 CAC became a partner of the exhibition part of the project given the growing share of online initiatives in the field of culture and the need to pay more attention to the safety of visitors in this area.

The offline exhibition is open at the M17 Contemporary Art Center
from October 30 to November 22, 2020

Schedule of the Center:
Tuesday through Sunday
from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The entrance is free

The online exhibition can be viewed here

Safe on the Internet and in the exhibition area!

We are in compliance with all regard to the organization of public events during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure your safety. Guests of the Center, for their part, are also asked to take care of themselves and others, and to be wearing masks when visiting the exhibition.

Oct 29, 2020 How to see all your subscribers in one room – Data CTRL Center exhibition in Kyiv // The Village

"Subscriber Room is an AR filter that helps you see your subscribers in space as if they were in the same room with you." About this and other exhibits of the Data CTRL Centre exhibition at 17 CAC in the announcement by The Village

The main exposition of Data CTRL Centre is divided into 3 thematic zones – personal data protection, cybersecurity, post-truth. In each block are several exhibits.

  • In the Data block, viewers will find a chatbot that knows Ukrainian law perfectly. A room with a real number of followers reading your post. And even a scanner that will tell you about the reputation of your favourite brands on social networks.
  • In the Cyber ​​Security block, you can see how easy it is to gather information about a person just by looking at his Instagram profile. And also to make sure that sticking stickers on the camera is not madness at all, but real protection of personal data.
  • The Post Truth block is the place for artificial intelligence, and you can ask it questions. Also, you can play a game where you have to create your own fake news. This will help you better recognize fake news in reality.

Also, in the exhibition space, there is a Data Detox Bar area, where you are invited to pay attention to how much time you spend at the screen of your smartphone and analyze the quality of its use.

This is about the first floor of the M17 Center. And аt the upper floor, the results of the International Online Youth Hackathon, which took place in mid-October 2020 as part of Data CTRL Centre project are presented, as well as the works of Ukrainian media artist Stepan Ryabchenko from the Computer Viruses series.