Design Date with Jurgen Bey

Palazzo Clerici, Milan
F T L E I V L

05 April 2017

14:00 – 14:30

Host

Matylda Krzykowski

Guest

Jurgen Bey

Contestants

Anastasia Kubrak
Vincent Thornhill
Louisa Zahareas

Graphic Design

Sylvan Lanz

Key Element

Orlando Lovell

Title Music

Romderful

Voice

Emma Lucek

Setting

Edan Gorlicki
Kristofers Reidzans
Govert Flint

Thank you to

Jan Boelen
Gabrielle Kennedy

A B O U T

Design Date is a live version of the British Tv Show “Blind Date”, where you don’t look for a romantic partner but a partner in your professional life – it is all about charming and being charmed.

For Design Academy Eindhoven’s #TVClerici show at Palazzo Clerici this year, Depot Basel was invited to host Design Date for their show centred around media.

On the 5th of April Jurgen Bey came to find his match on the topic of “Technology and Surveillance”. Job sent in three questions in advance and the contestants prepared their answers in a written out script.

Design Date with Jurgen Bey at Salone del Mobile Milano at #TVClerici in Palazzo Clerici

S C R I P T

Technology & Surveillance – Jurgen Bey
Wednesday 5th April

Vincent Thornhill

In a fully-covered life, how will fully-secured living be?

I curious about the possibilities of over defining yourself until a single description is impossible. With new technologies there are new ways to hide in plain sight, and switch between identities of our choosing. Maybe this leads to a new form of security? New was to be mischievous too…

If we had to rewrite the commandments, which one would be most consequential in your view and why?

Thou shalt not take the lords name in vain… In today’s context, Maybe this would mean he’s just trying to protect his domain name?

If technology can read our movements and behaviour and therefore our thinking what will that mean for communication?

We switch seamlessly between words and images, online and offline Our language is now hyper-connective. Technology not only mediates communication, but produces new social norms, so through communication I see this divide between ourselves and technology begin to dissolve.

Anastasia Kubrak

In a fully-covered life, how will fully-secured living be ?

If by fully covered we mean constantly under surveillance, I think security will become more and more automated. ‘Secure living’ will be based on user-profiling: your face, browser history, credit score, ‘good behaviour’ — all this will define if you can enter certain spaces, pass the border control, or not. ‘Secure living’ could also mean total control over your own data, how it’s produced and where it ends up.

If we had to rewrite the commandments, which one would be most consequential in your view and why?

— Thou shalt use no other (log-in) accounts besides me.

— Thou shalt not question the algorithm behind my feed.

— Thou shalt not google forbidden items in vain & keep browser history clean

— *Thou shalt not crack thy neighbours WiFi password.
These commandments would come from a few digital corporations, monopolising our living today. We all use Facebook logins to enter other websites, search only with Google, and don’t question the bias within these platforms. And we all prefer to get faster and more convenient services in exchange for our privacy and anonymity.

If technology can read our movements and behaviour and therefore our thinking what will that mean for communication?

Technology already reads our movements and behaviour in space, and I think that means more for economy, than for communication. As we move through the city with Google Maps in our hands, tech companies like Apple and Google track & capitalise on our position in space, generating enormous profits for Silicon Valley. And not giving much in return.

Louisa Zahareas

In a fully-covered life, how will fully-secured living be?

On top of institutional surveillance, people are now also routinely surveilling each other by taking countless pictures and publishing them online. Add to that the fact that sensors are increasingly embedded in design and collect a vast amount of data about everything. So, our fully covered life, doesn’t look like a kind of reality tv anymore, it doesn’t consist of only one media format, but rather it’s a mashup of point clouds, images, statistics, likes etc that give an overview of who we are. This simulated space that consists of data, point clouds and numbers, is largely invisible to us but visible to machines. Fully secured living within this context will only be possible if we devise mechanisms that make it possible for us to perceive this invisible simulated space and then edit it, appropriate it, hack into it.

If we had to rewrite the commandments, which one would be most consequential in your view and why?

You shall not obstruct any data gathering sensor or mislead an AI system in any way.

10 years from now there will be 150 billion “things” connected to the internet. This invisible infrastructure is going to be equally important to us compared to our physical infrastructure. Any kind of obstruction in the data collection process or distortion of the data could be detrimental.

If technology can read our movements and behaviour and therefore our thinking what will that mean for communication?

With the mass adoption of predictive algorithms and analytics real time communication is going to be itself “prediction based”. Marketers already use data and predictive algorithms to target specific people with specific content at specific times of the day. But just imagine this becoming  the norm in our daily life. What if we could predict what a person will say before they actually have a chance to do say it. Would we even ask a question if we knew the answer?

Contributors
Vincent Thornhill

Designer
Louisa Zahareas

Designer
Orlando Lovell

Designer
Emma Lucek

Designer
Sylvan Lanz

Graphic Designer