What to do when the data resists datafication

Christy Spackman

Christy Spackman

Title: What to do when the data resists datafication

Abstract: From pain to smell, sensory experiences continue to resist datification. This short thought experiment invites participants to think alongside fish swimming in contaminated waters to imagine what data stewardship currently looks like -- and could look like -- in the absence of quantifiable data. 

Bio: Christy Spackman is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. She studies the environmental and social impact of scientific and technological efforts to manipulate sensory experiences of smelling and tasting. The recipient of fellowships at New York University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, as well as fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies, she’s writing “Making Nothing: the twentieth-century transformation of water.”