Databases per¬≠va¬≠de our ever¬≠y¬≠day life, they are invol¬≠ved in the individual‚Äôs most fun¬≠da¬≠men¬≠tal activi¬≠ties. Through their near invi¬≠si¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty and resis¬≠tan¬≠ce to nar¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on they pro¬≠du¬≠ce subt¬≠le forms of collec¬≠tive con¬≠trol and nor¬≠ma¬≠li¬≠za¬≠ti¬≠on, accom¬≠pa¬≠nied by key¬≠words such as: mass sur¬≠veil¬≠lan¬≠ce, big data, user gene¬≠ra¬≠ted con¬≠tent, etc.
The publi¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on Search Routines: Tales of Databases enlar¬≠ges on the topics dis¬≠cus¬≠sed in the exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on, the work¬≠shop and during the sym¬≠po¬≠si¬≠um which took place at D21 Kunstraum and sub¬≠lab hacker¬≠space Leipzig in 2014. A series of inter¬≠views with Francis Hunger, Kernel, Pil and Galia Kollectiv and Sebastian Schmieg review artis¬≠tic stra¬≠te¬≠gies like nar¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on or the trans¬≠la¬≠ti¬≠on of data and algo¬≠rithms to adress the invi¬≠si¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty of data¬≠ba¬≠ses. Reports from the work¬≠shops with Heath Bunting and WaiWai tell about the poten¬≠ti¬≠al of making the invi¬≠si¬≠ble visi¬≠ble or sim¬≠ply of hiding oneself from the data¬≠ba¬≠ses‚Äô ran¬≠ge of view. The sym¬≠po¬≠si¬≠um dis¬≠cus¬≠ses data¬≠ba¬≠ses from a socio¬≠lo¬≠gi¬≠cal and cul¬≠tu¬≠ral sci¬≠ence per¬≠spec¬≠tive. In his arti¬≠cle, Francis Hunger reflec¬≠ts on data¬≠ba¬≠ses as infra¬≠st¬≠ruc¬≠tures and points out signs that make the inter¬≠ac¬≠tion with a data¬≠ba¬≠se visi¬≠ble. By inqui¬≠ring the his¬≠to¬≠ri¬≠cal tech¬≠ni¬≠cal dis¬≠cus¬≠sions on data¬≠ba¬≠se-mode¬≠ling, Marcus Burkhardt shows the inter-rela¬≠ti¬≠on of cul¬≠tu¬≠ral impli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons with tech¬≠ni¬≠cal struc¬≠tures onto our under¬≠stan¬≠ding and use of data¬≠ba¬≠ses today.