Whereis: No Such Thing as Privacy (Free-form Installation Project)
Geo-locate yourself and broadcast your locations. A group project and exhibit at Disjecta Interdisciplinary Arts Center July 2008
Link to the Press Release: Immaterialized
Makerlab is working in augmented reality-style art and gaming projects to demystify technologies. For the purpose of this and many projects, we have hacked cell phones and begun reprogramming them in creative ways. The project Whereis is created using a voluntary tracking program installed on individuals’ cell phones.
As communications technology becomes increasingly powerful, new issues of privacy protection are raised. Cell phones allow for any owner’s current location to be tracked continually using cell tower triangulation or GPS locators.
We are all willing to allow privacy to dissipate in consideration of personal safety, when something goes wrong we can know that someone can track us, can save us. But as with any concern for protection of privacy, the opposite must be considered, when these technologies are being used for governmental abuse of power or to create psychographic profiling, the concern is no longer for the persons involved. This project takes control of the tracking technologies already in our hands and brings it back to the personal level. Where am I at any moment? Where are you? What does a map of my life look like? Instead of governmental or consumer issues, we can look at who we are in relation to where we are. We would like to invite you to plot your lives with us by using the software we have created. The result is an organically generated painting of each person’s daily life overlapping with other individuals’ lives. The movements are mapped and translated into an artwork simultaneously in real time located forever more on our website: makerlab.com/projects.
Papers that we used in our research on the subject of geo-location tracking, cellphone data-mining and privacy:
- Automatic content targeting on mobile phones.pdf (827K)
- Automatically Generated Location Based Stories for Tourists.pdf (734K)
- Mining Behavioral Groups in large wireless.pdf (262K)
- Mining Hidden Community in Heterogeneous Social Networks.pdf (219K)
- Privacy Controls for Presence Sharing.pdf (314K)
- Reality Mining-Complex SocialSystems.pdf (827K)