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Elena Falomo

MA work


Corpora is a body-based data sharing protocol. It is a medium for sharing digital information via physical contact. Through intimacy, it preserves the contextual integrity of our data.

Never before are we being so confronted with the pervasiveness of digital surveillance. Our data gets aggregated, instrumentalised and monetised, often betraying the intentions of those who generate this information.

Yet to the individual, data still has a personal value and valence - it defines our identity in the digital space. The current context brings us to question the value of privacy.

Who owns the data about us? Who do our digital selves belong to?

These questions led to design a communication medium that defies the norms of current technologies and proposes to the user a new perspective to the corporate algorithmic gaze.

To counteract digital data vulnerability, Corpora introduces an hyperbolic approach to security, an over-secure mechanism that transcends into physical vulnerability. Corpora reflects the relationality of our data-sharing procedures and counteracts seamless interfaces to offer a more human(e) interaction.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • I am interested in digital rights, hacktivism and the use of technology to create more humane and ethical systems.

    My work is heavily influenced by my previous education as it focuses on communications and distributed networks.

    I am also fascinated by human-machine interactions and I explore this area by design experiences through physical computing.

    My dissertation "Hacking Care" was investigating how we can redesign the healthcare system, through the democratisation of technology, in order to approach care in a more comprehensive way.

  • Degrees

  • Bsc Media Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, 2015
  • Experience

  • Digital Technologist, Leva Engineering, Torino, 2015-2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Woman with a Movie Camera, British Film Institute, London 2018; A Vote for Whom?, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2018; Soundcheck, Science Gallery, Dublin, 2017; Design for Safety at Sea, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, London, 2017; Nomadi, Parco d'Arte Vivente , Torino, 2014