Making the Invisible Visible
CODE project to reclaim digital agency
How can we raise awareness about data security and privacy in ways that we question and challenge what is shareable and what is private? We are making the invisible visible; we are creating an evocative physical intervention that brings the reality of our digital footprint to our physical dimension. Through a series of exchanges, interactions and confrontations, this intervention emulates the online tracking ecosystem we encounter on a daily basis.
Making the Invisible Visible demystifies the abstraction of our online presence by relating it to our everyday interpersonal encounters; we hover between what is tolerable and acceptable, and what ought to be undesirable and to be avoided. By interfering and disrupting their private space and physical boundaries, we hope to create a feeling of unease, of uncanniness; to invite reflections, raise awareness and to start a conversation around data literacy and our privacy.
Created by: Jennifer Jiang, Dana Foth, Merel Noorlander, Sanne van Deijl, Alice Dallinga, Adriaan Bernstein, and Alistair Alexander.
Making the Invisible Visible is one of the four projects that was developed within the CODE programme: CODE brings together artists, non-artists, politicians and policy-makers in a dialogue that is aimed at the implementation of laws and legislation that will protect our rights as digital citizens and online consumers. For 5 months we worked closely together in a series of workshops, a social hackathon and a symposium about issues of privacy and freedom in our digital public sphere. At Ars Electronica 2021 we present the results of the programme.
CODE is a collaboration between IMPAKT and School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe; and was realised with the generous support of Fonds Soziokultur, Fonds Cultuurparticipatie, Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande, Goethe Institute NL and Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industrie.