INSECURE ATTACHMENTS

(2016–2017)

interactive website + open access protocols

View project documentation here.

An experiment on the complex relationship of data vulnerability to affective vulnerability and an effort to develop feminist data protocols.

Interpersonal vulnerability has recently been embraced in academic and popular culture contexts as a catalyst for positive outcomes. In contrast, among growing individual, corporate, and state-level privacy concerns, the vulnerability of information is increasingly volatile, with multiplying opportunities for exploitation. This project highlights the inherent tensions between making our selves and our data vulnerable.

The project’s initial run lasted one month, during which the collaborators assumed the roles of both researchers and research subjects, remotely inhabiting a publicly-accesible digital space modeled after a domestic setting. Their presence in the space included a real-time archive of the entirety of their text-based communications, daily live-streamed hangouts during which they attempted and subsequently analyzed a series of progressively vulnerable exercises, and shared digital care packages. The experiment was made public by repurposing existing platforms, demonstrating the difficulty and tedium of accessing one’s "own" data by conventional means.

At the completion of the month-long study, the project was re-envisioned as a static publication of findings, where it is presented alongside documentation of the protocols that were used to access and share data.

In collaboration with JP Merz.

Notes:
  • Winner of a NewHive “Privacy, Surveillance and Prison Reform” award
  • Developed and exhibited in residence at the Welcome to My Guest Room Digital Artist Residency