2008 – 2012. Software, Print, Tote, Wallet and Set of 14 Trading Cards.
“Identity theft” is one of the most popular memes of the day. It is a sad phrase; one that strips our cultural understanding of identity down to a handful of information. Our individual identities are reduced to a couple of facts: name, date of birth, ethnicity, address, phone number, social security number, credit history and email address. This information is meant to locate us literally and statistically; it is not meant to “know us” personally.
The purpose of Self-Disclosed is to explore our relationship with this so-called “personal” information. Today this “personal” information is a medium of exchanged used to gain access to data, email, information, coupons, friends/chat online, etc. Because we don’t think of this information as currency, we don’t keep systematic records of where/who we have “paid.”
2009. Mounted Print. 24” x 36” x 2″
The Self-Disclosed print maps my identity over a period of two years. The map is constructed to demonstrate relationships various organizations have with my identity data and to create an object that provokes conversation.
2010-2011. Software Application.
The Self-Disclosed web application provides a visual platform to track and register these transactions (think of it as analogous to a checking account register, but much more graphic).
2012. Set of 14 Trading Cards. 3.30″ x 2.16″
2012. Custom Fabric Wallet. 10″ x 8″
2012. Custom Fabric Tote Bag. 16″ x 6″ x 11″
The Self-Disclosed tote, wallet and cards are portable maps of my own information exchanges in a variety of formats to create new points of entry into the conversation about identity theft and information spending that break the barriers of a more traditional . These particular items provide the opportunity for in-person person-person interactions.
note: the key/legend is available on the back of each trading card.