14428798 is the preservation of myself in the fall of 2020 as a form of a physical artefact. I portray myself, a 24-year-old girl, in five different poses engraved in five different crystals. The artefacts become an archive of me, showcasing the mundane behaviours I perform on a daily basis while going through a pandemic – eating, getting ready, walking, working and resting.
By preserving my body and mind, the only safe place that still seems to be inaccessible, I question technology’s rules in transforming humans into objects and commodities. The project alludes to the right to be opaque, not reduce knowledge into information, a bigger ambition beyond algorithms, and decolonise from a data empire.
The artefacts in 14428798 are made of glass crystal, a sustainable and durable material intended to last over 100 years, but mostly due to transparent surfaces ability to mislead machine vision. The customised typeface, by Virgile Flores, created also with the intentions to be illegible for AI but legible for the human eye. Therefore impossible to detect my body, my own data and identity.