When considering data as the oil of the 21st century, each of us is sitting on a small ground treasure – a resource that is being discretely mined by the most valuable companies in the world. As users of modern services and products, we have long become habituated to trade-offs in which "free" services are offered in exchange for some bits of our personal data. The IoT has introduced a new kind of object into our homes whose functioning greatly depends on collecting such information: Products that are able to observe the users, have the ability to learn from their observations and then make their own decisions without further human interference. With the comfort of automation also comes a subtle danger in our connected devices which process personal information about their users every day. If attempts to restrict the flow of our personal data would consequentially restrict our access to said services and products as well... do we have no other option but to obey and share?
The "Accessories for the Paranoid" explore an alternative approach to data security. As our physical environment reads, collects and stores an increasing amount of user information, this series of parasitic objects are designed to produce fake data. Through blurring our digital profiles, our true data identities get to hide behind a veil of fictive information.
a project by: Katja Trinkwalder & Pia-Marie Stute
Thank you to Ashley Ohman for lending us her voice!
The video uses and samples the track "The Code of My Heart" by the talented Gurdonark, licensed under creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.