Mie Frey Damgaard

Photographer: Nichon Glerum


Registration systems for individuals have grown tremendously over the last 30 years, and privacy today is difficult to maintain. Over two-thirds of the UK population no longer trust the government with their personal data. It will not be long before our physical bodies, our biometrics, are registered and stored in databases. This phenomenon will redefine the body as a series of digital codes that can be read by a machine. It will generate a digital body will be generated containing all of our personal data, which will make it even more difficult to preserve our privacy and freedom. We can maintain our freedom by unsealing our data and giving up the illusion of privacy we have today. The transparency and overflow of data will consequently create chaos. When everyone’s data is freely available, our digital bodies will represent us. I have designed a future scenario where the digital body, containing all our personal data, merges with the physical body. Coming full circle where personal data returns to the individual and the physical body becomes a database for the digital body. In my design I have worked on answering the problems of accessing and maintaining an overview of the data in the digital body; keeping the data up-to-date, creating hierarchy in the data, and navigating it.

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