Poetic Receipts

We are habituated to the habitual, we don't question it, it doesn't question us, it doesn't seem to prose a problem, we live it without thinking, as if it carried within it neither questions nor answers, as if it weren't the bearer of any information. A receipt is candid and intimate, its un-manipulated realism into somebody else's life. Data collected from receipts is stripped from its informational value and is transformed using an algorithm into lines of poetry based off the things found on the receipts. Poetic narratives produced from receipts offer a glimpse into the ubiquity of technology in the urban space. Unveiling the alarming realities of surveillance capitalism and informational control. I investigate surveillance capitalism and the prospect of an information civilisation. Illegible mechanisms of extraction such as algorithms provide new material of behavioural prediction and modification but all the while effectively exiling people from their own behaviour and identity. People are vastly disconnected from their own data, data they are constantly generating. The new surveillance capitalism regime aka (our current society) initiates new impersonal ways of seeing users, watchful calculating features embedded within our quotidian technology analyse our every move. A persons life tracked through the mere perspective of their monetary exchange. I wanted to produce a vehicle to induce an element of play and integration with a system so unseen, so untouchable, and unreachable. In pursuing narrative methods for encrypting these receipts I have freed them from their “merely instrumental status in a world of human uses. Producing something poetic, something users can connect and relate to. Perhaps merely playing with this at a small scale leads to firstly an understanding of how this virtual identity is formed but secondly to allow individuals to regain ownership over this data and value it.

Sabina Islas-Gonzalez

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motion graphics by bernie hitachi