Our Lives in Data

Dialogue Studio, Visits

Our lives in data currently on at the Science Museum is an exhibition about how data is in our lives at all times. As human beings we not only absorb information, we are information. Our structure is information, our habits are information and our interests are information and everything we do can be recorded, collected and analyzed for better or for worse. An interesting topic that could invite to interesting thoughts and discussions but the way it is presented at the Science Museum leaves much to be desired. Despite the heaviness of the subject, the exhibition stays very light and airy and so short that it doesn’t have time to go in depth at all.

The best part of the exhibition, for me, was the display on Dear Data, a project by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec that consisted of the two of them sending each other one postcard a week were they recorded and visualized (in the form of drawings) different data they collected from their everyday life. If the exhibition would have consisted more of those types of interpretations or critique on the monitoring of our data I think it could have been more interesting as the topic itself is very provoking. As it is, I found it quite bland and too tech centered.

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