DoxBox trustbot 2019-2021

Hot pink Doxbox AI unit on a gold desk, with a cute animated face. Next to it is the operator wearing a pink mask with big googly eyes and a pink wig, a pink kimono with rabbits on it and a gold obi, and one white glove.
DoxBox trustbot at Furtherfield Future Fair, photo by Andrea Capello for The Open Data Institute.
DoxBox trustbot at the ODI Summit, 2019. Photo by Paul Clarke.

Digital installation and performance.

DoxBox trustbot was researched and produced during my residency at The Open Data Institute in London, 2018-2019. Commissioned by ODI Data as Culture and produced as part of an ODI R&D project exploring data trust and sharing, funded by Innovate UK. The portable digital puppet/tech drag unit interviews users about the apps, services and digital providers they interact with, reveals what these providers know about their users, then tells the user stories about what the effects of this may be and provides recommendations regarding their level of trustworthiness, relating to the individual themselves and to other people who may be more or less impacted by the same use or misuse of the data that accumulates around their digital life.

Performed at Furtherfield’s Future Fair in Finsbury Park, London, in August 2019 and at the ODI’s Annual Summit in November 2019. Talk and sharing at BOM’s Art & Tech Social in February 2020. In the ODI’s Copy That? Surplus Data in an Age of Repetitive Duplication group exhibition in London from 5 February 2020. (Update summer 2021: DoxBox and the exhibition are back up at the ODI’s new building!)

Gold cover of the exhibition catalogue for Copy That? The names of the artists are listed, and the face of DoxBox is peeping through a circular hole.
Copy That? Exhibition Catalogue

After a hiatus that occurred for obvious reasons, DoxBox trustbot appeared at Electric Dreams Festival of Online Storytelling every weekend through July and August 2020, at an ODI symposium in September, and then again at the ODI Annual Summit in November.

DoxBox has also been taking part in a pilot study at King’s College London on cybersecurity and the impact of interactive art works on peoples’ understanding of the data in their lives. More of that to come in 2021, including more chances to take part in private one-to-one performances.

DoxBox trustbot at Furtherfield Future Fair, photo by Andrea Capello for The Open Data Institute.
DoxBox trustbot at Furtherfield Future Fair, photo by Andrea Capello for The Open Data Institute.
DoxBox trustbot at Furtherfield Future Fair, photo by Julia Szalewicz for Furtherfield.
DoxBox trustbot at ODI Summit, London 2019. Photos by Paul Clarke.
DoxBox trustbot at ODI Summit, London 2019. Photos by Paul Clarke.