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Consumer Lifestyle
Published: 7 Dec 2016

Data Base: The Glass Room, NYC

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The Glass Room

Organised by US software firm Mozilla and Berlin-based non-profit Tactical Technology Collective, The Glass Room is a pop-up installation in New York that invites visitors to question their data-sharing habits and relationship with technology.

The exhibition features over 50 art pieces and technologies, each exploring data and personal security, both on- and offline. Highlights include Invisible, a transparent spray by Philadelphia-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, which eliminates traces of DNA.

Meanwhile, Smell Dating is a sensory data service that lets users test compatibility with potential partners based on scent. Visitors can test the service by smelling worn T-shirts contained in jars, then rate each scent and submit the data via an iPad to determine partner compatibility. See Modern Dating Update: Rethinking Relationships for more.

IPads on white podiums stream video footage explaining how each application gathers, stores and uses personal data. One example is Churchix, an Israeli facial-recognition tool that tracks people’s church attendance.

The site also houses the Data Detox Bar, which lets visitors meet professionals to discuss their online presence and how they can monitor and alter the ways in which their information is preserved and removed. Additionally, the space sells bespoke data detox kits that guests can purchase to use at home after receiving a consultation.

The Glass Room will be open to the public until December 14. For more on data protection and technology, see Synthetic Communities and Human-Centred Tech Trends.

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