In today's data-driven society, individuals carrying smartphones and interacting with social media networks have agreed, often without conscious consideration, to policies that grant service providers explicit rights to harvest and utilize personal data on a massive scale. These include companies like Google and Facebook that offer "free" services for a value exchange of our data.
There currently exists a paradox in our internet culture. As a generation, we are simultaneously obsessed with publicity and privacy. While we publish and post details about our lives online, at the same time we demand the most advanced privacy protection software. An unprecedented degree of potential exposure comes with the current mode of existence.
We have ceded control of our data emissions and based on activity logs, Google clearly knows where we are, where we've been and possibly even where we're going. Yet when I wanted a log of my location history, I had to go through numerous steps to “enable” tracking...
By participating in this hyper-connected society while having little to no control of my digital data production, how much of myself do I unknowingly reveal? To what degree does the aggregated metadata collected from me paint an accurate portrait of who I am as a person? What aspects of my individuality are reflected in this portrait?
x.pose is an exploration of these questions. Since we have already ceded control of our digital data emissions, x.pose goes a step further to broadcast the wearer's data for anyone and everyone to see.
* x.pose is a collaboration with Xuedi Chen.
3D Printed Flexible Polymer, Electrochromic Film, Fabric, Custom Electronics.
New York - 2014