On 6 May 2016, the web application deadartist.me was released. Although not
disclosed to the users, it was the first component of an art project devised
to experiment with data collection procedures and their social implications.
The web app was conceived as a data collection performance that reenacted
typical online practices. The data it generated were later presented as an installation
containing several visualizations as traces of the app’s activity. Additionally,
a live performance was held in which we, the artists, manually
anonymized data rows out of the database tables. This performance took
place in the project’s premiere, in the context of the collective exhibition Foreign
Objects held in 2016 in Aalborg, Denmark, at Nordkraft, a cultural venue
in the city’s harbor area. The installation was also later shown in 2017 at Ars
Electronica, based in Linz, Austria, at the PostCity venue.