INSECURE ATTACHMENTS

(2016–2017)

interactive website + open access protocols
(view project documentation here)

Insecure Attachments is an experiment in developing feminist data protocols, while testing the boundaries between data vulnerability and interpersonal vulnerability.

Though vulnerability is embraced as a catalyst for positive personal and relational outcomes, the vulnerability of information is increasingly volatile, with multiplying opportunities for exploitation across individual, corporate, and state-level domains. 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-accessible 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 attempts at digital care packages. The experiment was made public by repurposing existing platforms in order to demonstrate the difficulty and tedium of accessing one’s "own" data from the walled gardens of surveillance capitalism.

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

In collaboration with JP Merz.

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