After nearly fifty years of paradigm shifts, the socialised power of science is transformed and has constructed a neoliberal view of science-as-art, management cum measurement. Modifying the norms of productivity to include those of creativity, neoliberal capitalism has an increasing tendency to quantify every aspect of life (including the arts) and to put the results into numbers. Gathering various instances of measurement in the arts, in Re-framing “Measuring the World,” Dr Miya Yoshida reconsiders the hype of social engineering and the wide adoption of algorithm through conceptual and post-conceptual practices. Contemplating the equation of art and life as well as “statactivism” (i.e. the mobilization of statistics), Dr Yoshida will draw lines of connections between imagination, affect, and current transformations in technologies of quantification.
A researcher and curator based in Berlin, Dr Miya Yoshida develops different formats of projects based on her artistic research. She obtained her Master in Art History at Goldsmith College, University of London, and her PhD, Philosophy in Arts at Malmö Art Academy, Lund University. She has collaborated with art academies and universities in Germany, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. Her recent curatorial projects include Amateurism (Heidelberger Kunstverein, 2012), Art and Measurement (Kunstraum, Lu¨neburg/ Archive Kabinett, Berlin, 2012–13, 2018) and the annual exhibition project, Sharing as Caring (Heidelberger Kunstverein, 2012–16, 2018–ongoing). With the support of Stiftung Kunstfonds. and Stiftung für modern und zeitgenössische Kunst, she published Art and Measurement, Towards (Im)Measurability of Art and Life (Archive Books, Berlin, 2017).
Image caption: Katya Sander, FINANCIALISATION, 2016, digital still. Courtesy the artist.