The Glass Room - Netherlands

Amsterdam & Leeuwarden

Welcome to The Glass Room

From the tech boom to tech backlash, our understanding of the digital has become both deeply personal and deeply political. Our desire for convenience has given way to questions about the trade-offs for how much we can control our data and our understanding about how it is used.

The Glass Room is a place to explore these ideas. The objects here bring to life the hidden aspects of everyday technologies and examine how they are changing the way we live. The objects in The Glass Room provide unconventional and unexpected ways of seeing your relationship with your data.

As technology becomes embedded in every part of our lives, The Glass Room helps you look deeper into the digital: Does your personal data say everything about you, or is it an imperfect portrait? Do more tools, apps, and information make us better and more efficient, or are we giving away more than we want in return? What goes on behind the screens and inside the black boxes of the devices we interact with everyday? If we knew, would we still sign in or click ‘I agree’? How much trust do users invest in big tech companies, and what can be done if that trust is broken? If you want to learn more, our Ingeniuses are on hand to answer your questions about the exhibits, talk to you about the issues they raise, and give you practical advice to help you make informed digital choices. You can also visit our Data Detox Bar to pick up our Data Detox Kit, which offers you simple tips to enhance your digital privacy, security, and wellbeing.

Please see our exhibits page.

Featured Artists:

Dries Depoorter, Aram Bartholl, Kiki Mager, Bengt Sjölén, Danja Vasiliev, Sebastian Schmieg, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Tega Brain / Sam Lavigne, Kyriaki Goni, La Loma, and Tactical Tech

The exhibitions take place in Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) from 5 November to 16 January 2022 and dbieb Leeuwarden from 19 August to 24 October 2021

Explore Featured Exhibits of The Glass Room Netherlands

In 2016, a research paper caused an uproar when it revealed that Amazon had patented a mobile cage for warehouse workers. Although the cage patent ...
You are most likely a Google user. Even if you don’t use gmail, it’s likely that you use at least one of the more than 295 products that Google own...
As you make your way around the city each day you are constantly emitting data from your devices and being filmed on closed circuit TV (CCTV). The ...

Project by Tactical Tech | Presented by dbieb & OBA & FERS | Funded by FONDS21 & SIDN fonds