Academy of Thoughts
by Martín Nadal (ES)
"FANGØ" is a defense weapon against surveillance capitalism. Disguised as a mobile phone charger, a microcontroller takes control of the smartphone in which it is plugged in. Making queries to Amazon, Google, and other search engines, uploading videos on YouTube, liking random photos on Instagram, it aims to deceive data brokers, and disrupt the data capturing process. In this two-part workshop, the artist will introduce participants to the concept of surveillance capitalism and how it works, and he will present examples of works from other artists who examine similar ideas through their work. In the second part, the group will discuss the technical aspects of the "FANGØ" device, and the participants will have the chance to replicate one using their own Raspberry Pi, under the artist’s guidance.