Big Bang Data, in other words How information technology is changing our world? The exhibition asks whether the information is a new petroleum and a weapon of mass surveillance, or rather, it is a new opportunity tool of knowledge, prevention, transparency, effectiveness. The Centre for Contemporary Art Dox presents through great installations the phenomenon of information explosion, which we are currently experiencing. We combined the visit of this exhibition with the visit of the airship Gulliver, so Ella was joining us. And to our surprise, she found Big Bang Data very interesting.
Yes, we are data
We all generate data and leave a trace behind us. And not only by using social networks. We use mobile phones, we take digital photos and videos, we make payment transfers, we use GPS signals ... Storage and processing of large amounts of data is getting easier and some formulas (events, behavior, consumption, choices, investing, etc.) can be read. It quickly and fundamentally changes the way decisions are made at all possible levels.
Information recoding from 1950 to present
How much does our world change in creation, processing and especially the interpretation of data? Over the past five years, it has been extreme. It's so simple and so dangerous. Ella stopped at several installations and I described and explained them to her.
INSTALLATION 1: There are hundreds of videos projected on the wall which users made in their home environment (bathroom, bedroom ...) and publicly shared on the Internet. Sound is running for each video, so if you focus on a video, you can understand the message. But if you stand in front of the projection, they will all merge into one big buzz.
INSTALLATION 2: It moves upwards and downwards and waves. There is a buoy in the sea on the West from Hawaii that sends information to this installation about what is currently the sea and the waves like, and the installation is moving accordingly. During our visit, the sea was calm and the waves were about metric. :-)
INSTALLATION 3: Installation tracks what emoticons people are currently using on Twitter and what mood they express. On the wall, you can see what mood is actually in different parts of the Earth.
INSTALLATION 4: Digital photography and lots of information. Filled in piles with a pavement in the middle.
This was only a fraction of the whole exhibition. I recommend to find time and calmly walk through both floors in peace, see, listen, try, read and ... think.