12 marble blocks, 12 e-ink screens, custom software, custom circuit boards, patch panels and patch cords, Ethereum blockchain network.
Twelve Nodes concerns itself with current issues surrounding the ethical treatment of personal data, speaking to the urgent need for more regulation, considering the large-scale misuses that have occurred over the past years. The work introduces the concept of Fair Data, a framework and guideline for organisations for the control of personal data. Fair Data establishes standards for consent, collection, and ownership of personal data as well as recognising a fair economic value and usage of data.
The twelve frames of the work reference the twelve tables in Roman law, which form the basic foundation for civil
law, the most widely used legal system today. There, they form the basis for a new code that incorporates the evolvement of technology and its ethical implications. Twelve Nodes provokes a public discussion on the design of a new legal framework to perhaps come to a collective and democratic understanding of how personal data and the rights attached to it should be treated.
Democratic participation and networked cultural production are becoming part of the movement, to build new kinds of literacy for digital understanding and participation.
Twelve Nodes on view at Valetta Contemporary, Malta as part of Non-Aligned Networks show, 2019.
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