The glass room new york

Location: New York CityDate: 29.11.2016
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THE GLASS ROOM: LOOKING INTO YOUR ONLINE LIFE is a pop-up shop with a twist: - a space for reflection, experimentation and play on how our we live our lives online. The Glass Room NYC was presented by Mozilla and curated by Tactical Tech.

The Glass Room 201 Mulberry Street New York, NY - November 29 to December 14, 2016 - by popular demand, extended to December 18, 2016




Talks, Tours, Workshops, and other Events

Pop in to the pop-up store to chat to a friendly Ingenious; check out the alternative App Centre; do a Data Detox challenge; or take a tour with one of our special guests, artists and curators.

Or take a deeper dive into how you’re showing up online at a free, hands-on workshop!


Some of the workshops on offer:

De-Googlize Your Life

"One account. All of Google," is Google's tagline. But what does this mean for those of us who use Google search, Google Docs, Gmail, and other Google services? What information are we handing over to one company? Are we comfortable with a blue print of our lives being stored in one location... and why might we want to 'diversify' the services we use? This session will explore these questions and the question of data 'centralisation' and machine learning, whilst also looking at some of the other options out there.

Investigate Your Metadata

We generate metadata all the time - such as, when we send emails, post online or even just walk around with our mobile phones in our pockets. This session will explore metadata: what it is, why it is important and how our everyday lives can be predicted by analyzing it.

Boost your Browsing

Searching, surfing and shopping, much of it happens in your browser. Curious how your browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and so on) leaves you open to tracking and profiling? This workshop focuses on tools and strategies for gaining more control over your data traces, by looking 'under the hood' of your browser, into settings and configurations; discussing strategies of use; and exploring a few specific add-ons and extensions that will transform your browsing experience.

About the Glass Room

Press launch at The Glass Room NYC

After it's first impactful appearance in Berlin at the major Nervous Systems exhibition on display in Haus der Kulturen der Welt (The House of World Cultures), The Glass Room will now emerge in New York, presented by Mozilla and curated by Tactical Tech.

With The Glass Room we want to introduce the political dimension of our data society to a wider audience and foster a broader discussion on how data and technology is changing the personal, professional and social fabric of all our lives.

Originally conceived and produced in the context of the exhibition 'Nervous Systems' with support by Haus der Kulturen der Welt in the framework of "100 Years of Now.

About the Curators

Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski

Executive Director Stephanie Hankey and Creative Director Marek Tuszynski co-founded Tactical Tech in 2003. They work at the nexus of technology, politics, information, design and activism and the consequences of living in a quantified society. They are also co-founders of the creative agency Tactical Studios and co-curators of the exhibition Nervous Systems: Quantified Life and the Social Question. Stephanie Hankey is a designer and technologist; she was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship for her work as a social entrepreneur and is currently an affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Marek Tuszynski is an activist and filmmaker; his most recent documentary series for Tactical Tech, Exposing the Invisible, explores the digital tools and tactics that now enable evidence-based activism to thrive on an unprecedented scale.


Mozilla is the non-profit behind the popular web browser, Firefox. Mozilla builds open, innovative technologies for the web that allows developers to work free of closed, corporate ecosystems and create faster, safer web experiences for all. Working at the grassroots and policy levels, we teach web literacy, provide tools and advocate on behalf of every individual who values an internet built on fairness, inclusion and respect.


Trailer and Animations - Klaas Diersmann
Design and Animation - Jan Meyer
Animation - Yoav Shvill
Original White Room Visual Concept - Malgorzata Gurowska
Production Co-ordination - Sophie MacPherson


The Glass Room is curated by Tactical Tech and presented by Mozilla. Curated by Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski, the Glass Room was originally conceived and produced in the context of the exhibition “Nervous Systems” with support by Haus der Kulturen der Welt in the framework of “100 Years of Now” and is based on an original concept shown in March-May 2016 at the HKW in Berlin, Germany.

Special thanks to the following individuals for their help in adapting the content to a New York context.
Ingrid Burrington
Matt Mitchell
Jer Thorp

Particular thanks also go to our funders:
Open Society Foundations and the Omidyar Network

And special thanks go to the artists and initiatives participating in the Glass Room:
!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Aram Bartholl, Josh Begley, Tega Brain, James Bridle, Ingrid Burrington, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Sam Lavigne, Surya Mattu, Joana Moll, Julian Olivier, Mimi Onuoha, Bengt Sjölén, Tactical Tech & Laloma, Danja Vasiljev.

Animations based on works by:

Claudio Agosti, James Bridle, M. C. McGrath, Open Data City, Share Lab

Thanks to the entire Tactical Tech and Mozilla teams

Concept and research
Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski

Project Management and Support
Alistair Alexander, Daniela O'Halloran, Caroline Kent, Franziska Kursawe, Marek Tuszynski,

Glass Room Design
Malgorzata Gurowska

Glass Room Production
Sophie Macpherson, Jazmina Figuera, Björk Roi

'Normal is Boring' table co-production
La Loma

Research and Development
Henrik Chulu, Maya Indira Ganesh, Fieke Jansen, Helen Kilbey, Ling Luther,Leil-Zahra Mortada, Gabi Sobliye

Abby, Jeff Ahking, Sarah Aoun, Michael Bass, Matthew Boyd, Helen Carey, Kem Crimmins, Etienne, Theon Freeman, Shuli Hallak, Rajene Hardeman, Bex Hurwitz, Rahmel Jackson, Jen Kagan, Kus, Meli, Henry Peck, Siddhartha Rao, Chrystian Rodriguez, Nerissa Sturrup

Technology and Websites
Alistair Alexander, Christo Buschek, Laurent Delleré, Niko Para, Allan Stanley,

Communications, Press and Documentation
Maya Indira Ganesh, Caroline Kent, Björk Roi, Gary Wright

Glass Room Sessions and Training, New York Team
Alistair Alexander, Christo Buschek, Henrik Chulu, Andrea Figari, Jazmina Figuera, Maya Indira Ganesh, Stephanie Hankey, Fieke Jansen, Helen Kilbey, Ling Luther, Bobby Soriano, Marek Tuszynski

Support from Tactical Tech Team Members
Jan Griffiths, Alex Hache, Hadi Al Khatib, Emily Nicholson, Dalia Otman, Vanessa Rizk, Hannah Smith, Kaustubh Srikanth, Chris Walker, Carol Waters, Maria Xynou