Data Elephant is an evolving and confrontational sonic commentary on data, permission and exploitation. A soundscape creates a texture of corporate invitation, eventually subverting its own brand of wholesomeness. A small visible disclaimer allows the artist to record excerpts of visitors’ intimate conversations and adds them to the sonic texture of the room. By physically being in the space, the visitor has ‘given’ their permission, with no control over how or to what degree their data is being used. In this sound piece, disingenuous data collection disrupts the soundscape’s invitation and serenity, gradually becoming more insistent over the course of the exhibition. As the visitors’ awareness is drawn to their lack of consent, it mirrors issues around privacy and fair use of data in the public realm.
The Glass Room is a pop-up tech store with a twist. At first glance, it offers the latest in shiny digital consumer products, such as the newest tablet, fitness tracker or facial recognition software. But as you go inside, you’ll find there is nothing for sale.
Instead, as you look closer at the ‘products’ on display, you’ll see that they are playfully and provocatively selected to turn the technologies we all use on their head. The artworks, design pieces, and ‘Ingenius’ staff welcome you to take a look behind the screens into the hidden world of what happens to your data. Dig deeper into how much we reveal about ourselves by trying out free, alternative apps, taking away the 8-day Data Detox Kit, or interacting with our thematic programme of workshops and events.
The Glass Room is an intervention that prompts reflection, experimentation and play. A place that invites you to discuss how data and technology are changing the personal, professional and social fabric of all our lives and a way of making informed choices in the future.