Most public spaces today include a commercial business which makes the space semi private while boosting consumerism and individual profit. There is also an increase in pressure for people to share more and more of their personal information without questioning the real value that can be obtained from their data.
We foresee a probable future in which our current concept of public space has ceased to exist since all urban area is considered private property and must be commercially profitable. In order to enjoy these, the dwellers will have to pay for their access. However not with money, but with their personal data, which will be collected by machines located at the entrance to public spaces. There are four payment methods – blood, hair, saliva and mobile phone data – each providing a different percentage of access to the public space. By entering they are giving up on any rights they have regarding the possible use of their data.
Interviews with dwellers on public spaces demonstrated not only the publics willingness to give away data from physical body samples, but also the contradictory condition of fear toward giving away mobile phone data. This project idea is not only to increase public awareness on the usage and meaning of public space and point out its frequent misusage prioritizing consumption, but also to raise a question on the different types of data sources, the relationship between them and their potential value when becoming part of the ”big data“.
The project was developed together with Maja Dika, Nika Krajnović and Roberta Paljar, and is a result of the ”“Objects in Space” workshop organized by Udruga Metamedij, the Department of Visual Communicational Design (at the Arts Academy in Split – Ivica Mitrović, Oleg Šuran) & DAI-SAI (Association of Architects of Istra, project Open City – Breda Bizjak).