Conceptual Frame Work
What can a machine know about a person?
Can someone be known/reconstructed from this information?
The database generated by this piece will be accessible online
through a website. On the website, people can find out about
the piece, looks at the data gathered by the piece, and adds
themselves to the piece. (This will require they mail a sample
of their hair.) Everyone who participates through the web site
will also get a laminated card and the logo on it will indicate
it was a web submission.
Installation elements to be explored:
The data retrieval station may use a projector instead of a
monitor. When it is idle, it will enter a slideshow mode where
it randomly accesses data and displays it on the screen. This
slide show will probably also cycle through the voice recordings;
giving an audio element to the piece. The computer and trackball
used by this station will be installed in some manner so that
the CPU is hidden.
The interview station will most likely be set up to create a
very clinical feel. A height and weight measurement will be
part of the interview process. If I can get a nurse to assist
me the interview may include a very basic health check up.
The data available to the public will not contain names or personal
information. Stories collected during interviews will have all
names mentioned randomly changed to something else. At the end
of the interview process, the audience member will get a chance
to view all information gathered and have a way of blocking
the viewability of any piece of information gathered. This will
clearly be stated in a Confidentiality Agreement signed by all
Data Not Collected
Pictures or Images
Data Collected but not available to public
Social Security Numbers
Credit Card Numbers, etc.
Current list of Data to Collect
Again, let me reiterate, that I have no intention of displaying
information that is harmful to an audience member and will take
every measure to ensure is clearly stated and implemented.
facial proportions (for facial recognition algorithms)
retinal scan (most likely not feasible at this time)
Other Sources of potential Questions
2000 Census questionnaire