France, India & USA

The brain excels at pattern recognition, a skill that has enabled our species to protect itself, evolve, and thrive. We sift through large amounts of information in an instant to come to decisions about how to act, whether it is to save our life, or save a dollar on our next purchase.
 

In recent decades, with the advent of increasingly sophisticated computing technology, we have started to rely more and more on personal devices to help us make these decisions. Every day, with each click, tap, or swipe, we trade data for efficiency and convenience.

DATAPRINT is an immersive installation-type performance that blends theater, music, dance, and multimedia, and invites audiences to examine the impact of their online fingerprint, as well as question the ethics of data privacy.

 

Data technology is developing at a skyrocketing rate, but policy and ethics conversations are struggling to catch up. DATAPRINT aims to spark dialogue about data privacy, about the ways in which our online behavior defines who we are, and about the implications of an increasingly data-driven world on society and on democracy.

DATAPRINT is being developed in Nantes, France, in Bangalore, India, in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA, and virtually, and consists of two initiatives.

The first is a multimedia installation, which uses real-time data from participants’ personal devices to present them with the implications of their online habits and data use.

 

The second is an intimate experience, part-performance and part-real life game, in which audiences are invited to immerse themselves in a fictional futuristic world where data is the rule of law.

DATAPRINT is developed as part of the CHIMÈRES residency program of artistic research and production, initiated by the French Ministry of Culture and administered by le lieu unique (LU), Nantes’ state-funded theatre, and Théâtre Nouvelle Génération (TNG), Centre dramatique national de Lyon. 

DATAPRINT: THE INSTALLATION

The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose CA, USA

Cubbon Park Metro Station, Bangalore, India

September 22nd & 23rd, 2018

Presented as part of the 2018 Art In Transit Festival of Stories #8 in San Jose and Bangalore, a public art initiative by the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, as well as of After Tomorrow, a season by the French Consulate in San Francisco, the Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the French Tech San Francisco, the Institut Français, and the French American Cultural Society.

Following the presentation of the first draft of DATAPRINT in Bangalore, India, in 2016, and development in the United States and India that included residencies at Montalvo Arts Center on the West Coast, Princeton University on the East Coast, and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, Kaimera presented the first fully produced version of DATAPRINT: THE INSTALLATION amidst the global conversation around the ethics of data mining.

 

This first initiative of DATAPRINT invited audiences to reflect on the impact of their online fingerprint through an interactive multimedia installation that collects, processes, and distills real-time data generated in their public surroundings.

Visitors are offered the choice to personalize their experience by composing an avatar based on their virtual habits, witnessing a visual representation of their online conduct as they enter a stunning world of dynamic data. The installation is accompanied by a dance piece that is performed once every hour. Inspired by the data flow, it adds a poetic reflection to the issues raised and enables visitors to perceive their invisible yet constantly evolving online persona.

DATAPRINT: THE INSTALLATION premiered simultaneously at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose CA and the Cubbon Park Metro Station in central Bangalore, in the USA and India silicon valleys respectively, to spur the dialogue about online privacy and our increasingly data-driven society in two key cities in the technology sector. Following its debut, DATAPRINT: THE INSTALLATION is transferable to new locations to engage an extended circle of online users.

DATAPRINT: THE INSTALLATION @ The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA, USA

DATAPRINT: THE INSTALLATION @ Cubbon Park Metro Station

Bangalore, India

Created by David Bengali, Jonathan Camuzeaux, Chris Clapis, Simón Adinia Hanukai, Nikki Holck, David Kuelz

System Architecture by David Bengali, Jonathan Camuzeaux, Chris Clapis, Simón Adinia Hanukai, Nikki Holck, David Kuelz

Code Development by David Bengali, Chris Clapis, Kasrah Ghobadi

Projection Design, Graphic Design and Modeling by David Bengali

Narrative Design by David Kuelz

Choreography by Nikki Holck in collaboration with dancers

Music by Jonathan Camuzeaux

Sound by Jonathan Camuzeaux, Simón Adinia Hanukai

Produced by the Kaimera Productions team: Jonathan Camuzeaux, Simón Adinia Hanukai, Nicky Tsianti

Logo Designed by Akshita Poojari

 

Actors: Michael Brown, Jay Howell, Sangita Kumar, Dora Lohas, Diana Saeed (San Jose CA) & Pankaj Khanchandani, Anushka Nair, Brinda Nair, Vedanth Ramesh, Ajithlal Sivalal (Bangalore)

Dancers: Nick Bedard, Marisa Martin, Lauren Santos, Michael Zapesotsky (San Jose CA) & Paridhi Bihani, Ambareesh Durairaju, Akhil Jamkhandi, Navya Sah (Bangalore)

DATAPRINT: THE INSTALLATION has been supported financially and in-kind by Adobe, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, the U.S. Consulate India, French Consulate San Francisco and Bangalore, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Montalvo Arts Center, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, and The Tech Museum of Innovation.

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DATAPRINT: IN PROCESS

Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA, USA

August 21st, 2018

Kaimera presented DATAPRINT in a workshop at the Montalvo Arts Center. We invited audiences to interact with the work-in-progress installation and provide insights that would contribute to the fine-tuning of DATAPRINT before its public presentations in September 2018. The showing was part of Montalvo Arts Center's Open Access program series, which connects audiences with the artists and fellows of the Lucas Artists Program. 

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DATAPRINT & EDUCATION

Kaimera partnered with the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India, to develop the first draft of DATAPRINT. The Kaimera team trained fifteen undergraduate students over the course of a month. Together, they developed and performed the first iteration of DATAPRINT that was featured in a work-in-progress presentation at the Cubbon Park Metro Station in the center of Bangalore, as part of The Festival of Stories.

DATAPRINT’s first draft was developed in collaboration with Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology students Tanaya Akolkar, Krishnasish Gain, Bala Soundarya, Safwan Husain, Nilay Deore, Rashi Raizada, Miloni Shah, Vinati Dedhia, Swetha Ramachandran, Anushka Jain, Meghna Menon, Adithya Ravi, Sanika Palsikar, Akshita Poojari, Sujata R. Pudale, Rimjhim Chaufla.

For more information on DATAPRINT, download the PDF below.