In this talk he will present The Monistic Almanac, an ongoing research project which investigates the blurry boundaries between data science and divination. Almanacs are guides to the year ahead, published since at least the 18th century to provide practical information about the future in areas like farming, nautical navigation, trading and many more. In their various forms, and sometimes within one volume, almanacs are a unique intersection between the scientific, the occult, the mundane, and the miscellaneous. This project revisits this format as a playful site to experiment with data and algorithms, and ultimately question our beliefs in the predictions they produce.
The monistic Almanach
David Benqué is a designer/researcher and PhD candidate in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. He holds a BA in graphic design and typography from the KABK in the Hague, and an MA in Design Interactions from the RCA in London. His design practice creatively questions the roles science and technology play in society. His current research investigates “predictive” algorithms through critical design practice. He teaches design at Goldsmiths University of London.