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Data mercenaries

Algorithms unfold as key agents in the construction and operation of surveillance capitalism, becoming powerful autonomous governance entities invisible to the eyes of the global citizenship. Despite of its crucial role in processing and executing most of our society's daily

individual and collective transactions, we have very little information on the design and functionality of this ubiquitous intangible agents and about the deep social, economical and emotional implications that its actions have over our day to day lives.

Joana Moll (http://www.janavirgin.com/) is a Barcelona / Berlin based artist and researcher. Her work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, social profiling and interfaces. She has lectured, performed and exhibited her work in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world. Furthermore she is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona] and co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Universität Potsdam and Escola Superior d'Art de Vic [Barcelona].