We encounter the world through metadata – data that provides information about other data. Maps, calendars, the location and time of a text message, all describe and classify information. Where there is information there is metadata.
Focusing on the role of metadata in art and art history, this exhibition shares contemporary reflections on the status of data, extending beyond the digital. This exhibition arises out of a longstanding collaboration between artists and academics from Central Saint Martins and the research project Bilderfahrzeuge (a phrase coined by art historian Aby Warburg that translates as ‘image vehicles’).