University as Infrastructure: diagramming the systems reliance of higher education

April 16, 2024 | 09:30 CET

Aarhus University

In this workshop we will collaboratively diagram the data and software systems on which all Universities have become dependent. The time of both students and staff are increasingly called upon to input, update, check, and action information stored in outsourced databases, producing value for external software providers, many of which are ultimately owned by private equity firms. Taking our lead from the practices of Mark Lombardi and Vladan Joler (among others), we see this diagramming exercise as a means to visualise the University‚Äôs integration into platform logistics and economies of data profiteering. 

The workshop is co-organised by the Critical Infrastructures and Image Politics research group (CIIP, Winchester School of Art), together with the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI, London South Bank University), Digital Aesthetics Research Centre (DARC) and SHAPE (Aarhus University).