The living net: A haptic experience of personal data

Jessica Rajko, Jacqueline Wernimont, Stjepan Rajko

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


The Living Net is a transdisciplinary project that explores tangible mediations of personal data and living archives. Weaving theory and praxis from dance, music, digital humanities, computer science, and engineering, The Living Net explores new methods for engaging users in real-time experiences with personal data production, or "data shed." We do this as a meditation on the torrents of data we produce in our everyday lives and to raise questions about how we value persons, objects, and information. Exploring the role of the body in conversations about personal data, The Living Net brings attention to the boundaries and power infrastructures erected when people are represented as disembodied, abstracted, "immaterial" metadata. In this, The Living Net offers real-time tactile experiences of personal data through the use of interactive vibrotactile interfaces and personal objects of meaning, both of which are woven into a hand-crocheted net (see Figures 1 and 2).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2017 Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationExplore, Innovate, Inspire
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
VolumePart F127655
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346566
StatePublished - May 6 2017
Event2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: May 6 2017May 11 2017


Other2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Embodiment
  • Personal data
  • Somaesthetics
  • Vibrotactile interface
  • Wearable technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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