DATUM 2019

November 15-17, 2019

DATUM is a single piece of information, as a fact, statistic, or code. It is the singular of “data”. Data has become the basic unit of understanding our increasingly complex, digitized world. We talk about the data we produce through various technologies; the way polities surveil citizens using data systems; we worry about social implications of data that can reshape reality before our very eyes. But data are not the basic building block of understanding our society. Its root word, DATUM, is an invitation to critically interrogate the historical, social and political forces that shape our current society. 

The 2019 unConference was sponsored by a generous partnership through various departments at VCU and the ICA. Through the two day event, activists, artists, academics and practitioners collaborated, forming new partnerships in the struggle towards liberation.