May 9th - 22nd, 2015
Parsons Festival @ Wanted Design
220 36th St., 3fl
Brooklyn, NY 11232
DataCafe.biz is an installation that allows a person to transact a single piece of their personal data in exchange for a homemade cookie. By making this transaction explicit for the user we highlight the value of personal data and question how the human is considered in a data driven society.
Video by Ali Withers
The cloud sculpture plays with imagery of what people think of when they hear the word ‘cloud’ in reference to digital storage, and what that ‘cloud’ actually is – a data center. The sculpture that hangs from the ceiling and is grounded by Cat5 cables and LED lights, that blink at random to mimic the status LEDs on internet routers.
The Visualization panel are a collection of the data submitted displayed trhough a speculative “monetization” of that data and real time and historical data from the Alchemy API keywords to describe the real-time feelings of the installation.
The Data Cookies
The print media in the installation, Data Weekly and The Data Times, are pieces of digital literacy that show the spectrum ends of the dialogue around big data. On one end, the Data Weekly promotes the blind optimism that is often used by tech-enthusiasts that believe that “big data will save the world,” and on the contrary, The Data Times, takes a more critical standpoint and provides think pieces and essays about how big data affects society.