The General Data Protection Act: An Opportunity For Democracy, News…And Beauty?

Above: data, manufacture and art project Aether Architectural Intelligence: Exploring Space as an Interactive Medium”, where researchers Refik Anadol, Raman Mustafa, Julietta Gil and Farzad Mirshafiei created an immersive interactive environment that combines robotic actuation, formal transformation and real time projection mapping controlled by a sensory input device.

Refik Anadol has produced extraordinary imaginings of how it’s possible to paint with data…below a still of a visitor to his interpretation of childhood memories: the data moves like thick paint reminding us that our thoughts and selves matter…

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and below, Anadol’s interpretations of Boston wind patterns….


By using a one-year data set collected from Boston Logan Airport, Refik Anadol Studios developed a series of custom software to read, analyze and visualize wind speed, direction, and gust patterns along with time and temperature at 20-second intervals throughout the year.

Although the work is unbelievable and beautiful and factual, it’s fictive: an arbitrary take on live data in much the same way that people who work in deep and surface coding sit in their silos in the contracted out economy, looking at their part of the process and assuming that they’re not polluting the ocean of human possibilities.

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Above: although it doesn’t draw how marketing segmentation affects how we see the internet and data, this is a great Image from on ShutterstockShutterstock

But maybe, in being so disconnected from the lives of people their work affects, they are.

The introduction of the General Data Protection Act on May 25th 2018 means that the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO) website will be full of information about what this means.

It will encourage many people to try to understand how their personal and biometric data footprint may be used and passed to other organisations and asks anyone who uses and exchanges customer data to register with the Information Commissioner and to undertake all reasonable security to protect that data.

How can we make democracy the new Amazon, Facebook, Linked in, Twitter, Snapchat?: how can individual and social maturity (away from labelling, gaming and stereotypes) be valid national goals in 2018?

Here’s a collaborative vision of the beauty in America out of architecture, algorithms and human talent that is dreaming, light and for everyone: <p><a href=”″>Visions of America: Am&eacute;riques / LA Phil / Video Artist Cut</a> from <a href=””>Refik Anadol</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>”>enjoy!