Final Project

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CHUUK CHUUK WOO

CHEN Qianxun, Sally / KANG Xinyi, Coffee / SHIN Jae Kyung

 

 

CHUUK CHUUK WOO is a performative piece that prints out the data gathering process happening online to a fake receipt. Through this action of printing the project provides an imaginative scenario, in which customers are companies that are trying to collect users’ data, and we are the sellers.

Conceptual

Our data and browsing history are collected by many parties without even a notice. These data could be their identity, interests and potential purchase. As the internet is becoming increasingly smart and the big data technology is getting more accurate, everyone should be careful to secure our personal data and protect our own privacy.

Aesthetic

In a format of live-printing performance, artists try to give the date gathering, which is happening in the virtual world, a metaphoric representation in the physical reality. The format of a receipt points to the commercial intention behind data gathering. During the performance, the wearable printing device is on the back of the artist. The artist wears it and let the receipt to be printed at different locations.

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Technical:

The artwork is achieved by a browser plugin that is modified based on uBlock Origin. It uses uBlock Origin to block the requests that are related to privacy and data gathering. Then it acquires these blocking history and calculate the total js files that are blocked by uBlock from each domain name. These data as well as user’s IP adress information would be saved to a txt file from a simple click in the plugin. Processing would then be used to process the data from the txt file and send the information through serial communication to arduino, in order to trigger printing requests to a thermal printer.Technical

Inspirations

Inspired by the class content.


Artist Bio

Coffee Kang   Art photographer, video maker and maybe something else based in Hong Kong. Her works mainly focused on capitalism and consumerism.

Sally Chen   Creative coder and web designer . Her works show an interest in language, text and digital literature.

SHIN Jae Kyung   Media artist and photographer, mainly for commercial use. Studied in Hong Kong, born in Korea.

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