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Articulating Data: vocalisation, machine listening, and the (in)security of language in a digital age

A 2-day single track symposium & exhibition taking place in Edinburgh on 11th-12th May 2023, Articulating Data is concerned with interrogating the systems which evidence, process, and profit from our textual and vocal communications in an age of ubiquitous machine learning and AI. As well as the technologies and devices that capture and monetise vocal data as it is written, uttered and heard, Articulating Data also aims to explore and visualise the resultant reconfigurations of the self, body, home, and received ideas of social and legal relations that are a necessary result of communication in a digital age. 

From the privacy and security issues of smart devices such as Alexa or Ring doorbells, to the forensic profiling of voice data, machine translation, accent analysis and the monetisation of linguistic data by social media and search platforms, how articulation is enacted, utilised and controlled is a critical political and ethical concern in terms of accessibility, agency and the (in)security of information. 

Join us for keynotes from Turner Prize winning forensic voice investigator Lawrence Abu Hamdan, the amazing multi-media artist Rachel Maclean talking about her new work on deepfake audio and visuals, and sound artist Wesley Goatley, as well as a packed programme of talks, performances, films, exhibits, workshops and demos.

Programme & free tickets here :

Articulating Data is led by Dr. Pip Thornton, Chancellors Fellow in GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with, Dr. Murad Khan, Senior Lecturer in Creative Computing at University of the Arts London, Dr. Andrew Dwyer, Lecturer in Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Martin Disley, Artist and Researcher at Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh. Please direct any questions to [email protected]. Design by Ray Interactive.