About being an “influencer” or how to exploit the tool of the oppressor for our own expression
Saúl Baeza Argüello, ELISAVA Research, Eindhoven University of Technology
Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser University, Eindhoven University of Technology
Kristina Andersen, Eindhoven University of Technology
Oscar Tomico, ELISAVA Research, Eindhoven University of Technology
Surveillance is at the core of today’s monitored society. Privacy is becoming a fluid regulatory process the values and expectations of which are being actively rewritten, deconstructed, reconstructed and negotiated as new technologies open up novel forms of social relations and identity construction opportunities. Our proposal is based on using our bodies as tools for identity expression and personal proclamation, seeking to pervert surveillance and its embodied data as a site for opportunity, disruption and resistance. We asked XXX, a writer and journalist, to work with us on a design exploration, to understand new implications of what being an “influencer” means by shaping identities through technologies in an extreme way. After analyzing some of the most commonly employed surveillance technologies worldwide and the main biometric parameters used to monitor the human body, we came up with a series of prostheses and garments in order to exploit XXX’s algorithmic presence.
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