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“Data Rush” lecture Jeroen van den Hoven

On Sunday September 6, 15:00-16:00, Jeroen van den Hoven from Delft University of Technology will give a lecture as part of the WAMS “Data Rush” programme entitled

Data protection in the age of Big Data: what is at stake?

The lecture will take place at the Noorderlicht fotofestival venue (the Old Sugar Factory, Energieweg 10, Groningen, directions).
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“Data Rush” location

WAMS “Data Rush” is taking place at the Old Sugar Factory, Energieweg 10, Groningen, The Netherlands

The entrance to the Old Sugar Factory is located on the Energieweg, near the Groningen Ring (exit Centrum/Hoendiep). The Factory is accessible on foot and by bicycle from the bridge at Hoendiep street.


From the main Bus Station you will have to take the bus line 8 to the Atoomweg bus stop (3 minutes walk)


You will find free car parking along the Energieweg or at Kwantum’s parking space. Walk a few meters across the bridge at Hoendiep until you reach the entrance of the Sugar Factory.

The parking space for disabled people is accessible through the entrance on the Van Heemskerckstraat. To open the fence you’ll need to call: + 31 (0) 6-857 43 980.

WAMS #1: Data Rush

When Art Meets Science (WAMS) is organising a set of side events as part of the international fotofestival Noorderlicht. The theme of this year’s edition of the festival is “Data Rush”, exploring the tension between freedom and control, privacy and surveillance in the virtual world.

WAMS is organising an exhibition of objects and installations reflecting on the theme, a debate between scientists and artists on the theme and the relation between art and science in general, as well as a series of lectures exploring the theme from different perspectives.

The aim of the project ‘WAMS #1: Data Rush’ is to further increase the social awareness about these developments, and to boost both scientific and artistic developments in this domain.
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WAMS program within Noorderlicht is taking shape

Noorderlicht is organising the 2015 edition of its international photofestival in Groningen, from August to October 2015. The theme of the festival is “Data Rush”, exploring the tension between freedom and control, privacy and surveillance, in the virtual world.

We are organising several events during this festival.

First of all, we are curating an exhibition of roughly ten installations and objects related to the festival theme. A first selection of artists has been made by the selection committee (Wim Melis of Noorderlicht, Frederiek Bennema of Minerva Academy and Adri Schokker, independent artist). Preliminary list of confirmed participants: Joyce Overheul, Jennifer Lyn Morone, Rutger Prins and Wendy McMurdo.

Secondly, we are organising a debate with artists and scientist on Sunday August 23 (a day after the opening), covering the theme of the festival. With this debate we want to explore the theme from both the artistic and scientific perspective. We hope this will deliver new insights and approaches. In fact this debate is meant to be the spark for a more ambitious project where we want artists and scientists to work together to produce both scientific and artistic output related to the theme. Confirmed participants to the debate are Mireille Hildebrandt (Radboud University Nijmegen), Rocco Bellanova (Peace Research Institute Oslo) and Seda Gurses (NYU), as well as Mari Bastashevski (Switzerland), Mark Curran (Ireland), Sterling Crispin (Hawaii) and Adri Schokker (Groningen)

Thirdly, we are organising a series of lectures by computer scientists, legal scholars and social scientists on the festival theme. The lectures will be held on Sunday afternoon on September 6, September 20 and October 4. Confirmed speakers: prof. Jeroen van den Hoven (Delft University of Technology), Eleni Kosta (Tilburg University), and Jaap-Henk Hoepman (scientific director of the Privacy & Identity Lab).

The open-air movie showing together with Zienemaan & Sterren on September 11 has been shifted to September 12.

The program is supported by: the Privacy & Identity Lab, (other support pending).

Project “Data Rush” : debat en lezingen.

Behalve een expositie organiseert Stichting WAMS ook, in samenwerking met Noorderlicht en het Privacy & Identity Lab een debat tussen kunstenaars en wetenschappers en een serie lezingen over het thema “Data Rush” – het spanningsveld tussen vrijheid en controle, privacy en surveillance, en de gevolgen van een overvloed aan (persoonlijke) data.

Het debat staat gepland voor zondag 23 augustus (de dag na de opening van het fotofestival Noorderlicht), en vormt de opmaat tot een vervolg project waarin we wetenschappers en kunstenaars (in koppels van twee) over een periode van enkele maanden willen laten werken aan een gezamelijk kunstwerk en een wetenschappelijk werk.

De lezingen staan vooralsnog gepland voor zondagmiddag 6 september, 20 september, en 4 oktober, in de Wolkenfabriek op het Suikerunie terrein, te Groningen. Informatie over de definitieve programmering volgt op een later tijdstip.