Data Futures: A live experiment that explores the potential implications of increasing access to our personal data trails.

February 8, 2017 3:25 PM - 4:10 PM

Increasing access to our personal data raises profound questions around ownership, ethics and the resulting socio-cultural changes in our everyday lives.

‘Data Futures’ is an MFA class that explores the social impacts that this informational omnipresence of our personal data may have on our future interactions.

In the class, students are guided through a succession of exercises in which they observe each other through their personal data trails to derive assumptions about one another and their class.

The changing social dynamics that are exposed by these intimate data exercises showcase how the social behavior of a whole group is affected once personal information becomes accessible.

Inspired by this experiential understanding of their own data, students then speculate around the future impacts of this knowledge ubiquity by telling visual “interaction stories”, exemplifying the implications of increasing access to our data in our future everyday lives.

This talk showcases some of the exercises, insights, issues and behavioral shifts that occur throughout the class and specifically highlights their symbolic relevance in the bigger context of working and designing with data as interaction designers.

Through a live experiment with the audience, it will recreate the experience of the class in a condensed form during the Interaction 17 conference.

SVA Theatre – Silas Theatre
333 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011