Nancy Nisbet, an artist who teaches visual art at the University of British Columbia, is about to embark on a six-month roadtrip to inform people about RFID’s role in three areas: Surveillance and tracking; political and economic agreements like NAFTA; and personal and national identity
She will mark all of her possessions with RFID tags, load them into a truck, drive across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico and trade away her tagged items to people she meets on the journey.
“The trades are more about a sharing experience, sharing the stories of the items; the generation of a community based on the idea of exchange,” explained Nisbet. “I’m taking everything I own – my microwave, my bed, my books, the whole deal.”
The tags are designed to be a conversation piece and the artist will record the stories of the people she meets and upload the audio clips to a database.
To help her with the project, Bartek Muszynski, designed a database solution that could accommodate voice, RFID and pictures of the items. The information is collected via voice- and RFID-enabled handhelds and will be updated regularly on the Exchange Project website.