While making work about personal data, or using personal data, I wanted to avoid becoming complicit with platforms’ data harvesting practices. I tested strategies for different ways of engaging audiences in work about the presences and absences in digital records in a show at CCAS Manuka. Sound, humour, gallery furniture, puzzles, food and other ideas. One interesting outcome – about half of the audience needed assistance to use QR codes, despite most common phones having QR readers as a standard capacity. This introduced another aspect of agency, and assumptions about audience participation, into designing installations.
Photo Brenton McGeachie