What's the Net Listening to?



Winner in the Audio-Visual Category

Data Leak

by Fabian Hemmert

The “leaking” of controversial information and documents via the internet is an ongoing phenomenon of our time. Connected to WikiLeaks' publication channels, “Data Leak” provides ambient awareness of how much information is leaked on the web. Using space-sound experiences, the project heightens our awareness about the amount of data leaked through the internet. In the audio-visual application, for every data leak that occurs, a piece of information clatters through the display and produces a noise. The device functions without a speaker and generates each noise mechanically.

Sometimes the noise takes the form of soothing ocean waves, and at other times the form of an annoying leaky tap, thereby underscoring the ambivalent nature of “leaking”.

From a technical point of view, „Data Leak“ is based on an Arduino Yún board which listens to WikiLeaks' Twitter and RSS publication channels. The Arduino is connected to an electromechanical 3×5 flip-dot display.



Design researcher Fabian Hemmert (1982) searches for ways to design technology in a more human-friendly way. He works for Nintendo of Europe und Marvel Comics; in 2014 he was Deputy Professor for Interface Design at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel during the summer semester.

Hemmert has conducted research at the Design Research Lab at the Berlin University of the Arts and is today Professor for Interface and User Experience Design at the University of Wuppertal.

He has presented his projects and works at numerous international events, including TED, the Lift Conference, the EuroVision TV Summit, and the SXSW Festival, to name just a few.

His TED Talk is available at: http://on.ted.com/9Czr

For more information, please visit: www.fabianhemmert.com