welcome to data city


What would a city made up of completely accessible data be? How would the citizens of that city be made to interact with data if this was the case?
When presented with the concept of “Scarcity to Abundance”, the mind jumps to the overwhelming amounts of data produced on a day to day basis by the individual, and the inaccessibility to a large amount more of data produced. But what would happen if you had access to all data ever produced? What would the world look like if the individual moved in a world where even the currency relied on the potential data you would produce in the future? Data City, the infrastructure and the institutions imagined in this potential “space” take into account the possible responsibilities and possible laws that an individual would have to follow were they to enter the “Data City”. With abundance, comes great responsibility and comes many problems of over transparency in the case of Data City.

0. Terms of Entry
From here on, visitors of the installation are Citizens of Data City, and the installation shall be Data City. If you are to enter Data City you will become a citizen of Data City. Upon entering Data City you will be accepting that all your data while in Data City will be accessible and usable by all citizens of Data City.
All your data produced while in Data City will be recorded and will be accessible by all citizens.
While in Data City you will be required to follow the laws of Data City namely, using PoDa currency to pay for services and products, honouring your PoDa payments, report content that is inappropriate to The Court of Data City, act as a filter should something you post be deemed inappropriate as a prisoner in The Prison, you may not delete any data while in Data City.
By Entering Data City you accept all the terms mentioned above.


1. The Port
Hello soon to be data citizens! We are happy to welcome you amongst us. From now on, you will enjoy the abundance of data.
As a citizen of the data city it is empirical to fulfil these duties:
→ Get checked for viruses and malwares
→ Register at the City Hall
→ Never delete data.
→ Always report misuses of data.
→ Produce data
→ Sell your future data
From this moment on, you will be completely transparent, all citizens in the space will be able to access your information. All actions will be monitored. All data will be collected.
We wish you a pleasant stay! If you have any questions, please contact the City Hall. We are open 24/7. 
The door to Data City, welcome to abundance!

2. The Hospital
We must check you for viruses and malwares. By ensuring you are not carrying any potential threats for our infrastructure, we assure your safety and the safety of others. If you have a virus, you will need to quarantine until you are not contagious anymore.
Caring for citizens, caring for Data City. 

3. The City Hall
Now that you are virus-free we greet you in the City Hall. Here you will be categorized, sorted and aided in your integration and further participation in the Data City. Register with us, to guarantee full functioning in Data City’s society. Once registered in data city, you will never be forgotten. By creating your Data City identity, you will be able to start paying for services and products. Data City runs on a currency-less basis. You will use PoDa, which is connected to your ID. PoDa is connected to the data you will produce in the future of your stay in Data City. Next step in your process of integration is a visit to the data city museum.
Registration, integration, Data City for all.

4. The Museum
Please attend the exhibit Data City—a History. In the exhibit you will understand the past leading to this very moment. One major event you will learn about is three design-students sitting in rainy Eindhoven, Netherlands, creating the concept of connecting all real cities across the world into one Data City, introducing a new kind of citizenship, the citizenship of one global Data City. Also, the exhibit will prepare you for the entangled life in Data City. Keeping Data City’s history alive! 

5. The Librairy
The library is your research tool. The Library hosts every PDFs, online publications, online newspaper, E-books, anything ever published by anyone, ever. Here, you will find an archive of all the data ever produced by a Data City citizen.
Access to everything ever.

6. The Stock-Market
The Stock Market, creating the horoscope of the Data City’s data values. Predicting the value and price of services and objects through future data and potential data values. Monitoring and forecasting each citizen’s capability to function and trade in Data City.
Predicting your data’s value.

Potential Data - a currency where you pay your potential data forward. When you pay your potential data forward you are guaranteeing a payment for the future. Your use-data will be important as the world continues to develop for a better future. If you buy a chair, you will purchase it with your PoDa, the vendor will then collect your use of that chair as the PoDa, therefore the makers will be able to advance technology through your use-data.


Need to pay for university? Your PoDa will be collected as payment, your future productivity through what you have learnt in the academic institution will be your payment towards your current studies. If you go ahead to become an engineer, the data you produce in the future will be used in payment of your student debt.
PoDa is not run on a banking system but on a carefully calculated Potential Data spectrum.


7. The University
Do you want to learn how to use the pre-existing data? Do you want to work with us, on the future of Data City? Do you want to learn how to increase your productivity? At the Data City you can become a Data City Academic. At the university you will produce the seed of knowledge.
Learning with Data City.

8. The Green House
The Green House is responsible for growing and expanding data plantations. Taking the seeds of knowledge produced in the university, and reusable data to nurture the future of Data City.
Nurturing growth in Data City

9. The Court
In the court your reports of harmful, hurtful, dangerous or damaged data will be processed by an algorithmic. This algorithm will assess your claim, who posted it, and where it was found. The data once assessed will be sent for furthering processing in the prison.
Keeping Data City fair.

10. The Landfill
Where does non-reusable data go? This data is too damaged to be seen again and unacceptable to be kept in the mainstream of the Data City. The Landfill is the safest place to go for this data.
Data City’s waste managed.

11. The Black Market
The Black Market is a dangerous place. Bad data is occasionally syphoned off from the Landfill and resold and resubmitted into Data City. This is an illegal process. If you are reported purchasing and republishing Black Market Data you will be incarcerated in Prison.
Secrets around every corner.

12. The Prison
Data City’s Prison system is a “labour to freedom” system. The inmates have to work for the data filtration system as part of their  punishment. If a data post has been passed through the court system and deemed suitable for review, your job as a prisoner will be to assess the data and decide whether or not the data is suitable for Data City consumption or—if the data is completely corrupted—must be sent to the Landfill.
Here we would like to remind you of a couple things that will get you into the prison:
→ Deleting data.
→ Misusing Landfill data
→ Not honouring your PoDa promises.
Have you been reported? Was the report filtered by the prison labour found to be true? Have you broken any other rules? You will find yourself part of the prison system! Filtering an amount of data you were assigned will be your key to release. You will then be able to enter Data City again, but we will never forget your time in prison.
Labouring for filtration, filtering for good.

This concludes our tour of Data City!
We would like to thank you for your attention, all questions asked from this point on will be recorded. Welcome to abundance, welcome to Data City!



project made in collaboration with Jessica Jones and Eva Lotta Landskron.