"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 drive the creation of new kinds of distributed services and econmies. 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 content from the mobile network are visualised as a way to trigger a dialogue and speculate about possible local 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 and to better understand how to respond to these events without causing disruption.

More informations and reflections about Antenna are available here