Data snatching: blinding senses to fabricate new perceptions. Internment of Mexicans citizens with Japanese ancestry during WWII

Track:
SENSORY POLITICS II
What:
Talk
When:
12:00, Saturday 8 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Discussion:
0

Annabel Castro, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitan, Mexico

This paper reflects on systematic discrimination by focusing on the indefinite detention of Mexicans with Japanese heritage during WWII. These citizens were removed from their residence, their belongings were confiscated and they were placed in seclusion solely for having Japanese ancestry. Similarly, at present, data retrieving companies configure low resolution representations of ourselves from the snatched digital debris of our daily life. These pieces are reconfigured into archetypes and meaning is attached to them for massive decision making. We don’t have the right or means to know what these representations look like or what meaning has been attached to such shapes. It is a privilege reserved to the designers of algorithmic processes: they own this right and we the citizens own the consequences of what these systems perceive. I first examine how the perception of Mexicans with Japanese ancestry was distorted and its relation to media technology.

Presenter
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Lerma / DXARTS-UW PhD Candidate
Profesor Art & Humanities Department UAM