Living Metadata offers a critical assessment of the growing mass of metadata within digital society. It presents a hypothetical solution to the energy drain caused by technologically augmented living. The potential energy of human metadata creation is harnessed here to fuel bacterial growth and create microbial fuel cells, which in turn are able to power the cycle. In this way, the human becomes both digital and living metadata. Metadata, in turn, becomes waste in the volume of information. Living Metadata presents a system which is sustained by waste production.
Metadata production grounds the seemingly virtual digital ether in both time and space. Temporal change can be measured in bytes while metadata takes the form of actual objects, which have a profound social impact beyond their numerical dormancy on computer drives. Metadata production is revealed here to be an embodied experience. Last but not least, all data is metadata.
This project was completed as part of the BioMimetic Interfaces Summer School at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design ran by Gabriella Levine & Genevieve Hoffman in July 2013. It was a collaboration between Nancy Huang, Calum Bowden, Raquel Machín Herrero and Sara Anand.
Artist - Chris Zabriskie
Track & Album - I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honour