Data Afterlife (2022)

WHAT IS YOUR DATA WORTH?

WHERE IS YOUR DATA GOING TO SPEND ETERNITY?

WHO OWNS THE DATA OF THE DEAD?

 

Data Afterlife is a project that confronts the powers that control not only the data of those living, posting, streaming, and sharing on social media today, but also those users who have left behind their mortal bonds but whose profiles remain.

 

By relating the opaque tech corporations that have supremacy over our data to the centralized religious institutions who claim ownership over the souls of their followers, the project interrogates how these tech institutions have made data they control a sacred aspect of our social existence–and a divine reflection of the way we see ourselves.

 

Data Afterlife is a project by John Kazior, Jolien Maaskant, Ellen Bjerborn, Ivona Petrov and Kuntay Seferoğlu.

 

As a part of Post Social Media Club , a collaboration with STPLN, Nova Iskra Belgrade, Volumes Paris, Bios Athens and Atölye Istanbul.

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Pictures by John Kazior