The Formamat: Investigating the Dispensability of Pervasive Data
The Formamat is an interactive installation, art piece and pervasive technology that researches the question what value we attach to digital data that we have stored on our mobile storage devices. With the Formamat - a vending machine that returns candy in exchange for the deletion of their digital data - we invite people to experience the joy of deletion in a public space and encourage them to think about the value and (in-)dispensability of their files while also researching the subject in a broader sense by storing and analyzing their deletion-behavior.
Zane Kripe, Hanna Schraffenberger and Arnout Terpstra, The Formamat: Investigating the Dispensability of Pervasive Data. Presented at the 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2010), May 2010, Helsinki