‘Ministry of Collective Data’ is a room in The Garden of Privatised Delights designed by architecture and design practice Built Works.
Could we free our collective data for public benefit?
In this room, Built Works explore if we can rethink facial recognition technology and free our collective data for public benefit.
On entering the room, visitors are presented with two options:
- 'Walk right and surrender your data.'
- 'Walk left and conceal yourself for the sake of personal anonymity.'
If they choose to walk right, they give express consent to share their data and participate as a citizen in the digital city. The room will record the visitor's mood, behaviour and likeness, and display a unique interactive avatar – born from each consenting visitor's biometric data and behaviour – to exist in a public data space. If the visitor chooses to walk left, their data and identity will be concealed.
In a world that is more reliant than ever on digital technology, Built Works are proposing a new public digital space with fair, transparent and consent-based systems. This offers all citizens the access to their collective data and agency over how it is used.