So much of our lives nowadays are quantifiable. Whether we’re counting our heart beats, steps, calories or sleep waves in one way or another we are generating data. Well technically we’ve been generating it for centuries but no one has been recording it. Now the internet and our smart devices have made it ridiculously easy for us to set targets, measure achievements and celebrate our successes. Now, this is the subject of an exhibition at London’s Somerset House.
‘Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data.
Explore how the datafied world affects us all through the work of artists, designers, innovators and thinkers.’
The show looks at issues around selfies, our cities (hello GPS), democracy (is data discriminating?), design (anyone else in love with info graphics?) and privacy (hacking backlash). Plus, the show delves into history to establish the origins of our modern understanding of data through the works of both Florence Nightingale and Alan Turing (the man who cracked the second world war enigma code – subject of last years film The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch).
Go check it out and get your own data entered and analysed.
Trailer for the show: