In the future, there is an abundance of data, and people are overwhelmed, unsure of trusting their own instincts and how to make sense of it all.
Decisions and perceptions are increasingly driven by data slowly diminishing human judgment and intuition.
Will we have to outsource these human abilities to a group of digital data diagnosticians who come from a pre-data dependent age and will be able to make meaning from everything we are overwhelmed by?
Techno Shamans wake up with the city at 8 a.m. every morning, opening up their scales in little niches of the city to bring human-ness back to data. These trust avatars ritualize the parsing of data from physical devices that store them.
Techno Shamans are recognizable by their characteristic measuring devices from the past, repurposed to serve new measurement needs. These scales form a part of the Shaman’s ritual, accepting devices of data storage, capturing the weight of data, and allowing him to see meaning that lies hidden in between the bits and bytes.
(in collaboration with Han Pham and Rachid Belkouch)
Chris Hand, atelier leader / Hrvoje Živčić, atelier coordinator