Memopol is an interactive installation that consists of three main parts: the gate, the lobby and dataspace. To have a full experience, the visitor has to go through of all the parts. The visitor is "logged in" in the gate, the data is gathered in the lobby and the visualization is shown in the dataspace.
The experience starts already before the visitor enters the gate. The visitor must understand the whole process before entering. The rules on the gate must be accepted which also state what will be done with the data. They have a freedom to choose wether to participate or not. The visitor scans ones national passport or ID-card and the gate opens. The visitor is photographed with cameras and then asked to connect smartphone to MEMOPOL wireless network. The Android users must download an app. Then the visitor is asked to continue to lobby.
The lobby is the place where data gathering takes place. Android users just must keep the app running. They have an ability to charge their phone at the smartphone console. The iPhone users must connect their phone to USB cable in the console. The PIN code must be entered and the data collection starts. The installation creates a backup of the whole phone.
The visualization is created from the visitor's data and it's shown privately in the dataspace. Main features of the dataspace is a large-scale portrait screen and powerful sound system. The animation in the dataspace must be seen only by the subject. Public and private space must be separated by door or curtain. The visitor can invite friends to see the animation as well.
The installation does work only with iPhone or Android smartphones. Windows phones, Blackberries and feature phones are not supported.
It is required to have a guide near the installation at all times. The guide assists the visitors with technical problems and answers questions about the work.
The required dimensions for the installation is variable and it's possible to customize it according to possible spaces. It is required to have two separate rooms for private and public use. The data collecting in the gate and lobby does not reveal any private data (besides name) and could be done publicly.
The total visit of the installation varies by multiple factors. The procedures in the gate take around 1 minute. The data collection from the smartphone depends on the manufacturer of the device and the amount of data stored. The maximum durations for the data collection process is 10 minutes for Androids, 20 minutes for iPhones. The visualization in the dataspace takes maximum 10 minutes. In total the minimum visit could be around 25 minutes for Android, 35 minutes for iPhones. As the dataspace is visited privately one by one the queue takes usually the most time. The installation automatically limits the number of concurrent visitors not to create too long queue in the lobby.
The data that is collected from the smartphones is sensitive information and the installation treats it like that. All processing takes place in a local server, so no data is transferred outside of the installation space. The visitor has to agree to rules that are clearly stated on the gates in two languages.