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Quantification Will Tear Us Apart


Artist, activist and founder of the Institute of Human Obsolescence (IoHO) Manuel Beltrán will present his ongoing research into the contemporary quantified condition. The IoHO explores the socio-political and economic implications of technology in a society in which the relationship between humans and machines is dramatically changing.

Modern societies impose quantification in all aspects of humans’ lives. This talk explores how this phenomenon is enabled by the belief that through quantifying every single aspect of their lives, humans can better understand themselves and the world, thus they can transform and improve.

IoHO’s project Biological Labour explores a scenario in which the possibility of transformation and improvement is curtailed, and humans’ biological condition sets the limits of what is possible. Data Production Labour explores humans’ quest for self-improvement through quantification technologies, revealing how in this process their production of data is exploited by different actors for economic, political and military purposes.

The contemporary quantified condition enforces a state in which humans believe it is possible to achieve endless improvement, change, progress and enhancement. Does this unlimited possibility provoke unlimited pressure in humans to constantly change, improve and upgrade their lives? Is social pressure systematized through quantification? Are specific parts of the social fabric more affected by this condition or does it affect humans regardless of their social class?

With Manuel Beltrán, Katarzyna Szymielewicz & Rocco Bellanova

This event is open to the public, but registration is mandatory. If you would like to attend, please send your first and last names to irina(at)