The Bronze Key: Performing Data Encryption - Kulturhuset, Stockholm

Ruth Gibson, Susan Kozel, Bruno Martelli

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    The Bronze Key art installation is the result of performative re-materialisations of bodily data. This collaborative experiment in data encryption expands research into practices of archiving and critical discourses around open data. It integrates bodily movement, motion capture and Virtual Reality (VR) with a critical awareness of data trails and data protection. A symmetric cryptosystem was enacted producing a post-digital cipher system, along with archival artefacts of the encryption process. Material components for inclusion in the TEI Arts Track include: an audio file of text to speech of the raw motion capture data from the original movement sequence on cassette tape (The Plaintext), a 3D printed bronze shape produced from a motion captured gesture (The Encryption Key), and a printed book containing the scrambled motion capture data (The Ciphertext).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTEI '18 Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
    Place of PublicationStockholm
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5568
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
    EventTEI 2018: Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions - Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 12 Mar 201818 Mar 2018
    Conference number: 12


    ConferenceTEI 2018
    Abbreviated titleTEI
    Internet address


    • Materiality
    • performativity
    • embodied interaction
    • encryption
    • Motion Capture
    • data


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      Gibson, R., Martelli, B. & Kozel, S., 11 Apr 2018

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