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Ioannis Yessios

artist statement | technical statement | process



process

Brainstorming session:

Conceptual Frame Work
What can a machine know about a person?

Can someone be known/reconstructed from this information?

On-line Component
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.

I
nstallation 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.

Data Confidentiality
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 participants.

Data Not Collected
Pictures or Images
Social Security Numbers
Credit Card Numbers, etc.
Data Collected but not available to public
Name
Address
e-mail
phone number
Current list of Data to Collect
Age
Gender
Height
Weight
Birthdate
Birth Place
Marital Status
Children
Siblings
Parents
Education History
Employment History
Medical History
Biometrics
fingerprints
voice
facial proportions (for facial recognition algorithms)
retinal scan (most likely not feasible at this time)
Other Sources of potential Questions
2000 Census questionnaire
Personality tests
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.