"If companies profits from the data generated by cities and their inhabitants shouldn’t the community reap a share?”  A. Townsend - Smart Cities

 

 

Extending public control over the data produced by cities and communities could potentially foster the creation of new kinds services and local economies. It is to explore and articulate this possibility that I crafted Antenna: a fictional tool to hack into sensitive infrastructures, such as mobile networks, and "reveal" their content for design and discussion. Local data and information from the mobile network are visualised as a way to trigger a dialogue and speculate about opportunities  for service innovations as well as the potential consequences that these kinds of technologies might conceal.

If infrastructures become visible and relatable only when they brake down, speculative prototypes like Antenna, its pictorials and storytelling, can be used to simulate unexpected situations, providing people and designers with the necessary 'material' to articulate present and future issues around technology, better understand how to possibly respond to these events, without causing disruption.

More informations and reflections about Antenna are available here