State of Concept


04 May—11:30 am


Symposium: The Digital Divide: Attention, Algorithms, and Social Justice


Art Hub Copenhagen, Kunsthall Trondheim, Tropical Papers, Swiss Institute New York, IDA and TOASTER.


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As screen-based, networked digital technologies are seemingly a precondition for participation in contemporary everyday life, algorithms have become highly agentic semi-presences that massage our psyches, subjectivities and social systems.

With the participation of some of the key international voices of digital research and critique, Art Hub Copenhagen is organizing a symposium in partnership with IDA and TOASTER, in the context of the 2-year EU-funded “Attention After Technology” project, a collaboration with Kunsthall Trondheim, Tropical Papers, State of Concept Athens and Swiss Institute New York. 

The symposium “The Digital Divide: Attention, Algorithms, and Social Justice” pushes algorithms into plain sight, considers their production and use as political acts, raising questions about claims to infrastructural neutrality, and highlighting programmed bias and resulting social injustice. Through analyses and artistic dramatisations of algorithmic logic, the symposium asks how we can take back attention, and be attentive differently: How do we protect and develop our capacity to imagine a future and work towards it, by creating spaces for thinking and doing – to act not react? How can artists and artistic thinking contribute? How to de-centre algorithms?


You can either attend physically or watch a livestream of the symposium, register your attendance here. Participation is free but it is mandatory to sign up. Deadline for registration is 27 April.

When: The symposium will take place on 4 May 2023, 10.30 am–5.15pm CET
Where: It will take place at IDA: Kalvebod Brygge 31-33, 1560 København and online
Attending the symposium is free, but it is mandatory to register, both for the online version and for physical attendance

Language: The symposium will be held in English

View the full program here!


Art Hub Copenhagen will also, as part of the Attention After Technology project, host the artists biarritzzz (Brazil) and CUSS Group (South Africa)  in hybrid online/offline residency in Copenhagen. The artists also take part in the symposium.

biarritzzz and CUSS Group are two of seven participating artists who are making new commissions for the upcoming exhibition Kunsthall Trondheim (Trondheim, Norway) and State of Concept (Athens, Greece) as well as in some form/aspect on the online platform Tropical Papers (Paris, France).

The project Attention after Technology is funded by the European Union. 

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