This was a creative writing and drawing workshop that allowed participants to meet, greet and become creative with their digital and algorithmic selves.
Many people will be familiar with that targeted ad that follows them around the web, or that unnerving feeling that Facebook or Google is tracking their every move – perhaps even listening to their conversations. In the age of dataveillance, platform providers use such techniques to predict our age, gender and interests. But who does Facebook really think you are? What kind of identity has Google decided you inhabit? This workshop tackled these questions by offering participants a chance to engage with their data-selves. We discovered how our algorithmic identities are created, what they can and cannot know about us, and what we can and cannot know about them. But this is no tech workshop – no experience with data was required. Instead, participants had the chance to creatively collaborate with their data-selves: through experimental drawing and/ or by a writing a short story, based on the selves that social media platforms think they are.