DATA browser book series explores new thinking and practice at the intersection of contemporary art, digital culture and politics. The series takes theory or criticism not as a fixed set of tools or practices, but rather as an evolving chain of ideas that recognise the conditions of their own making. The term “browser” is useful in pointing to the framing device through which data is delivered over information networks and processed by algorithms. Whereas a conventional understanding of browsing suggests surface readings and cursory engagement with the material, the series celebrates the potential of browsing for dynamic rearrangement and interpretation of existing material into new configurations that are open to reinvention. Combining an active verb and noun in the title as a stylistic device, each book includes contributions from established and emerging academics in conventional written forms as well as visual and/or experimental modes.
DATA browser was established in 2004 and until 2017 published by Autonomedia (New York), and has been supported by Arts Council England, Aarhus University and University of Plymouth. It is supported by the Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool John Moores University, and The Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University, and is published by Open Humanities Press.