The Invisible Hand – Deep Dive Discussions

Two figures in black stand in an art gallery. One has his hand on a clear perspex plinth where a large scroll wheel is embedded. He looks at the two vertical LED screens in front of him. The other figure looks at a twisted platinum sculpture on a reflective plinth.


Saturday, 29 June 2019, 4:30am


4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

181-187 Hay St, Haymarket

Data Practice: an in-conversation with Andrea Lau and Mitchell Whitelaw

2 pm – 3 pm

Data has been called ‘the new oil’ — a valuable resource that is getting increasing attention from business, government, communities and citizens. But how might we work with data from a practical, critical and creative standpoint? Andrea Lau talks with Mitchell Whitelaw about the emerging contours of ‘data practice’, touching on models of independent practice, engaging with government and business, poetry vs functionality and cross-cultural perspectives.

Designing a Participatory Economy with Cameron Tonkinwise 

3 pm – 4 pm

Interaction Design has helped create platforms that appear to seamlessly match supply-and-demand. Marketed as liberatory, these platforms have become exploitative ‘gig economies.’ It is nevertheless possible to redirect these platforms to promote more local, fairer ways of cooperatively providing services. This talk explores some of the interaction design patterns that could help establish ‘platform cooperatives.’

Top image: The Invisible Hand (installation view), 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, July 2019. Left wall front: Sunwoo Hoon, Flat is the new deep, 2018, digital drawing, dimensions variable. Commissioned by the Gwangju Biennale, 2018 with support from Christina H. Kang. Courtesy the artist. Left Wall Far: Sunwoo Hoon and Mijoon Pak, Flat Earth, 2019, digital drawing, dimensions variable. Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia. Courtesy the artists. Back wall: Baden Pailthorpe, One and Three PCs, 2019, digital imagery produced by a DCGAN machine learning algorthim, various LED screens, In-Win Z Tower, Threadripper 2970WX, ASUS RGB 64 GB, 2 x AMD Radeon VII, 2 x WD Black 1TB NVMe, ASIS ROG Thor 1200W Platinum, Themaltake Ring Trio, CableMod Pro Sleeved Cables, Custom 7” screen (running Aida64). PC build: Stuart Tonks, GGF LAN Party; AI assistance Dr Charles Gretton, ANU Kieran Browne, ANU; Network architecture by Radford et al., 2015. Code: https://github.com/gsurma/image_generator. Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia. Supported by In-win. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney; photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.