version 2.0 (SPv2) is an online application that is available at www.spv2.net.
SPv2 explores how identity can be constructed and perceived through
data collection in cyberspace. Some data in cyberspace we consciously
create to represent ourselves (emails and web sites, for instance).
Other bits of data accumulate without our efforts--and many times
without our knowledge--tracing certain of our interactions both in
the physical and virtual worlds. Because of this data we do not willingly
disperse, our cyber image is not always in our control nor ever fully
knowable to us. SPv2 explores to what extent we are accessible online
and what we may look like through mining Internet data.
When you enter SPv2, you can choose to activate data from three categories:
DataMine, DataWake and Join Me!. As a user makes their selections,
SPv2 grabs data from the chosen source, translates the data into a
visual representation and displays it to the user. One may layer the
various visual depictions to eventually achieve data chaos.
SPv2 updates the genre of portraiture for the information age. In
the history of Western art, portraiture traditionally fulfilled the
purpose of reinforcing wealth and power. SPv2 is an inversion of this
power structure; it results in a reconstruction of the self after
it has been digitized, analyzed, shared and sold.