This project is initiated, developed, designed and executed by Julia Janssen, at Studio Julia Janssen. Please read the acknowledgment page for collaborations and other people/institutions who made the realization of ‘The Attention Fair’ possible.

 

 

Julia Janssen graduated as a graphic designer from ArtEZ Institute for the Arts in Arnhem, where she studied her bachelors 2012-2016. With a minor and specialization in design research, Janssen always has had an interested to research into complex systems and to expand the role of the graphic designer from aesthetic and conceptual design, towards contextual and substantive research.

 

In high school, she chooses both advanced math and arts as elective courses. The combination of mathematical/analytical thinking with art/design has shaped and defined her current practice. During the Academy Janssen grow a fascination for alternative currencies, economic systems, standardization, and technology. Combining research and speculation, Janssen creates different perspectives on these topics and developments.

Janssen struggled a lot during art school, because her choice in research topics, approaches and designs weren’t always appreciated. Besides the intense courses, high pressure and expectations, Janssen did really enjoy this time of exploration and self-development. Looking back at this time, struggling really helped her to define her interest, practice, and motives to keep working on these themes.

 

During four years of studying graphic design, Janssen developed several projects about alternative currency models, the use of standardized systems in our society and the growing role of social media and technology in our lives. Her graduation research project ‘Bank of Online humanity’ was the first actual project about data and privacy. Observing that data is used as a revenue model for companies and that our privacy has become a commodity, she created a speculative boardroom installation to show people the monetary value of their personal information.

During four years of studying graphic design, Janssen developed several projects about alternative currency models, the use of standardized systems in our society and the growing role of social media and technology in our lives. Her graduation research project ‘Bank of Online humanity’ was the first actual project about data and privacy. Observing that data is used as a revenue model for companies and that our privacy has become a commodity, she created a speculative boardroom installation to show people the monetary value of their personal information. Containing the statement: “We have been enslaved by the data business.”

After graduation, Janssen got multiple invitations to talk about her graduation project and in November 2016 ‘Bank of Online Humanity’ won the Crypto Design Award, audience award. This was the very crucial point for her to dedicate her practice to researching and designing the future of data and privacy.

 

Beginning of 2017 she applied for a Grand for Talent Development from Dutch Creative Industries and the SIDN fun for innovation and internet projects. Both applications got honored, meaning the start of the continuation of this investigation and exploration; the beginning of The Attention Fair.

www.julia-janssen.nl

www.julia-janssen.nl

ArtEZ Institute for the Arts / 2015

Arnhemse Nieuwe / 2016

Graduation Graphic Design / 2016

Winner Crypto Design Award / 2016

Weapons of Math Destruction / 2017

Fixing The Internet, docu / 2018

SIDN Internet Conference / 2018