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Logged in from

Logged in from (2017) was completed as part of my NYU master’s thesis, which interrogates how self-identity is constructed and negotiated online. In this project, I explored the “data traces” we leave behind from our interactions on the internet through my Facebook data.

It also reflects on the passive data collection by tech platforms like Facebook that might catch many users by surprise. I used an experimental imaging technique called photogrammetry to contruct the 3D landscapes.

After downloading my personal data archive from Facebook (a brand new feature the platform had released in 2017), I found information about every administrative change I’ve made to my Facebook account since I’d joined. Using the location data associated with each action + Google Maps + Agisoft 3D software, I reconstructed the physical geography of each location in a three-dimensional environment, producing a series of strange, imaginary landscapes.

Project site: The interactive web project lives here.
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