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This chapter considers the role of digital art practice, with an emphasis on the Irish context, in what is described as the data-city, that is a theorisation of this contemporary urban condition so infused with opaque data-driven systems that almost every action is described by and enacted through data. The ubiquitous deployment and action of data assemblages – the networks of hardware and software that enable data-capture regimes – in urban space are changing the nature of the city itself in ways that are not readily apparent. Critical data art practices it is suggested, provide a method to highlight and critique these developments.
McGarrigle, C. (2021). Art in the Data-City: Critical Data Art in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism. In (O'Sullivan, J. ed) Digital art in Ireland:new media and Irish artistic practice., London ; New York: Anthem Press, pp.71-90. isbn:978-1-78527-478-7 (hbk)