Mobility: Breakin' out, or breakin' in?


Concerns about the privacy of citizens in the age of mobility, barcodes and RFID tags are an ever emerging topic. The duality is expressed in the graffiti seen on a wall in downtown Copenhagen. Showing a barcode, slightly twisted as bars in a prison cell with two dark figures emerging, perhaps breaking out of the system imposed by the tyranny of registration and information processing. However, the figures might as well be breaking into the system for benevolent or nefarious reasons, perhaps even breaking away from the rigid manual systems towards an automated future: Written on the walls of Copenhagen, the image raises new questions as to how information can be used to control as well as to liberate us.