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Notes from #MIT8: ‘Art that Remembers and Forgets’ – Artistic Interventions

On Saturday, May 4th I attended the ‘Art that Remembers and Forgets’ panel where Raivo Kelomees talked about Privacy Experiments in Public and Artistic Space. Kelomees discussed two projects by Estonian artist Timo Toots: “Hall of Fame” (2009) and “Memopol” (2011). Both projects are a critique on how much information is publicly available from the Estonian chip-enabled identity card and publicly accessible databases such as governmental databases and search engines.   “Hall of Fame” (2009) The Hall of Fame is an installation that calculates a user’s artistic potential based on their publicly available identity information. People can participate by inserting their ID-card which is used as a starting point to gather information about the visitor from governmental databases and Google results: The installation turns the visitor into a calculated subject where the algorithm for determining the artistic potential is as follows: ARTIST = LUCK + FAME + DEATH LUCK is calculated from data the visitor has no disposal of. FAME is calculated from Google hits. DEATH is calculated from the person’s average life expectancy. A dead artist is the best artist.  Artist Timo Toots wants to bring to attention the data that can be read from the Estonian ID-card and how it can be used to gather even more publicly […]

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