Word of warning! You might be a little bit freaked out if you visit the Royal College of Arts this summer. There’s a filing cabinet on the loose following unsuspecting guests around the place. Strange you say? Not ‘alf mate! But there’s a story behind this madness and it goes a little something like this…
It is art! The artwork, going by the name of ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, is the culmination of RCA student Jaap de Maat’s final year project, a finale to a two-year-long MA in Information Experience Design.
And it does what it says on the proverbial art tin, a stark and clear-cut allegory of the constant data trail that surrounds everyone in every aspect of their lives. Whether that be on Facebook, our browsing history or even our unopened post or CCTV images catching us as we walk past. The artist, inspired by the whistle blower Edward Snowden, is representing our online lives in a literal form. Interesting and topical stuff.
So with these themes in mind, surely there is no more important time than now to get yourself and your online lives sorted out. By managing your data and networks in an easy and simple to use way, you might be saving yourself a heap load of headaches in the future.
The first most obvious benefit of sorting yourself out is improving your security – first step, use cloud computing to triple protect your files, data and communication. Hosted exchange email programme allows users to communicate freely and widely on the move, whilst also preventing spam and viruses from taking you down from out of nowhere.
Secondly, hosted sharepoint allows you to share files, presentations or networks with others in a secure context whilst also allowing the work flow to well, er, flow!
But there’s more to love in all this, the sheer effect of a weight of responsibility and worry being lifted from your shoulders, there’s already lots to think about these days so why not cross one (or more even!) things off your list and let The Cloud take care of it. Meanwhile with your new found freedom, I can recommend some thought-provoking art works to go and see!