Human Machine

Working as part of a small team of three exhibitors/curators from our Making and Curating class we had to develop our work in response to the theme Human Machine—a title which, as a matter of fact, we proposed as the link to our current research-lead practices. Our current work involves the use of analogue tools and media to exhibit art, information, or a process which originally only exists in a digital form.

My current work, in particular, explores how the retrieval of personal data has become accessible to everyone after the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—enforced in the EU from 25 May 2018—and how can this data be used to learn more about ourselves as individuals online and off.

Since the application of the GDPR laws, all online platforms operating in the EU and wishing to collect data about any of their visitors, have to ask for the consent from the user for this data to be collected and what are the purpose for its collection. Most websites still have the right to sell our personal information—age, location, nationality, interests, etc.—to other companies. Yet, this can now only happen if the user has given consent for their information to be collected and processed.

While working under the Human Machine umbrella, I have decided to focus on the data that I could retrieve from Twitter, the social media I spend most of my mindless time on. This how Three Years came to life.