Nomads Against the Digitized Nomads is a visual narrative that speculates different types of nomadism that is moderated by imminent space-time mediums. By looking closely into the human perception behind emerging technologies including autonomous mobility, algorithmic neutrality, and even augmented reality - we argue that there is a striking contrast between BEING a mediated nomad and CHOOSING the nomadic lifestyle.
Each space-time mediums, or future mobility technologies in in different timeframe are paired with a nomadic narrative. The story starts from my personal nomadic experience against the Covid-19 digital surveillance of South Korea.
In the pandemic-era Korea, even if you take out a coffee at a cafe, or eat at a restaurant, your location data is automatically synced to the government server. When a confirmed case occurs, the government conducts contact tracing based on this data, and this process often is not anonymous. There was even an incident when the government released contact tracing data of gay community, surging nation-wide homophobia in South Korea.
In order to break away from this excessive private data collection, me and my girlfriend changed our date locations from cafe, bars, restaurants to a 2009 Kia Forte and 2021 Hyundai Tuscan.
Each car was our privacy cocoons with domestic capabilities, but they formed a relationship when necessary.
Physical mobility was our
private heterotopia against the digital mobility.
narrative speculates the moment when the physical mobility goes...
The moment when the car is not a privacy cocoon anymore, but rather the extension of networked urban commons. “Image” of nomadic lifestyle is marketed as a product, masking the reality that exists entirely within the logic of capitalism and consumer culture.