Atlas of ID
How readable are you?
Limit your future possibilities by filling in this survey. Answer “Yes”, “No” or “Maybe”.
A reality that can be fully translated into data assumes that machines can read and comprehend it. When reality – including you – is not readable by a machine, it ceases to exist. Your machine-predicted future will then be based on generalizations and probabilities of you. It will not be based on you.
We urge you to reclaim your future, your reality, your agency, your diversity and your imagination.
Within the project ATLAS OF ID we developed a survey webgame.
The ironic goal is to alter our future possibilities by filling in this survey. Your options are a typical 3 varying between yes, no or maybe.
Translating reality into data assumes that machines can read and comprehend it. Can machines translate reality’s full flavor? Or are the translations, more interestingly of a totally different alien order?
“Play the game NOW and alter your future possibilities FOREVER” is a survey text webgame that ironically poses statements wrapped like questions and vise versa like:
We make forecasts about people just as we make forecasts about the weather.
“We make it real!”
text = “Excellent choice. Consumer thrust is good for business.”;
text = “We do!”;
text = “Really! We do!”;
Fanny Zaman (Antwerp, Belgium)
Fanny Zaman is a media artist working in Antwerp. She has both practical and theoretical training in visual art, Cultural Studies, Information Science, Performance and SoundDesign. The focus on the social impact of technology on our ecology/reality is a recurrent thread in Zaman’s work.
Michaëla Stubbers (Belgium)
Michaëla Stubbers is fascinated by data, data visualisation and the stories extracted from it. A special interest is the use and influence of data(stories) on policy and decision-making and how to deal with the bias in the data. Michaëla is currently working at VLIR-UOS, university cooperation for development.
Bart Vandeput (Brussels, Belgium)
Bart Vandeput’s background ranges from liberal arts to graphic design and new media. He is fascinated by: “Interaction as artistic research in the field of tension between human (nature) and (analog/digital/data) machines. Always being at something/somewhere; at home, at work, at job, at web, in/out, open/closed, offline/online.”
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About Data Representation
One of the central issues discussed among participants was data representation of citizens, both nationally and on a European level. A lot of the artificial intelligence systems used by governing entities make use of training data, which is often biased and not necessarily representative of reality. The fact that this coloured data is used to train the systems used for decision making about citizens, is very problematic. Atlas of ID was developed during CODE 2022 to address these issues, by inviting people to question the use of citizen data by the European Union.