Increasing access to our personal data raises profound questions around ownership, ethics, and the resulting sociocultural changes in our everyday lives. Recent legislation that allows the reselling of our personal browser histories without our explicit consent proves the increased need to explore and investigate the sociocultural consequences that these developments may bring about.
Data Futures, an MFA class in which students observed each other through their own data, explores the social impacts that this informational omnipresence of our personal data may have on our future interactions. In the course, students are guided through a succession of exercises in which they observe each other through their personal data trails to derive assumptions about one another and their class. The changing social dynamics that are exposed by these intimate data exercises showcase how the social behavior of a whole group is affected once personal information becomes accessible. Inspired by this experiential understanding of their data, students then speculate around the future impacts of this knowledge ubiquity by telling visual interaction stories, exemplifying the implications of increasing access to our data.
Daniel Goddemeyer and Dominikus Baur share the findings from Data Futures and demonstrate the results with a live experiment with the audience that showcases some of the effects when personal data becomes accessible.
Daniel Goddemeyer is the founder of OFFC NYC, a New York City-based research and design studio that works with global brands, research institutions, and startups to explore future product applications for today’s emerging technologies. Daniel’s research explores how the increasing proliferation of these technologies in our future lives will transform our everyday interactions. His work has been exhibited internationally at the Westbound Shanghai Architecture Biennial, the Data in the 21st Century exhibition at V2 Rotterdam, Data Traces Riga, and the Big Bang Data exhibition at London’s Somerset House, among others, and he has won or been recognized by the Art Directors Club, the Red Dot Award, the German Design Price, the Kantar Information Is Beautiful Award, and the Industrial Designer Society of America.
Dominikus Baur works to make data accessible in every situation. As a data visualization and mobile interaction designer and developer, Dominikus creates usable, aesthetic, and responsive visualizations for desktops, tablets and smartphones. As a freelancer, he has helped create beautiful visualizations for clients including the OECD, Microsoft Research, and Wincor Nixdorf. As a trainer for data visualization development, he holds workshops providing both a scientific and practical background. Dominikus is a regular speaker at various academic and industry conferences. He holds a PhD in media informatics from the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), where his research focused on making our growing personal databases of media, status updates and messages manageable.
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