Book: Behind the Smart World – saving, deleting, resurfacing data

Book: Behind the Smart World – saving, deleting, resurfacing data


Book: Behind the Smart World – saving, deleting and resurfacing of data
as part of the AMRO Research Lab 2015

edited by: – Linda Kronman, Andreas Zingerle
published by: | process coordinator: Us(c)hi Reiter
layout by:

The publication is available both analog as a printed book and digital in form of a pdf, an epub and a web version.


Us(c)hi Reiter/ Foreword
KairUs: Introduction
Fieke Jansen: If not us, who stores and owns our data?
Ivar Veermae : Center of Doubt
Emilio Vavarella: The Google Trilogy
Leo Selvaggio: Surveillance, McLuhan and the Social Prosthesis
Marloes de Valk: What remains? The way we save ourselves
Research Team “Times of Waste”: TIMES OF WASTE
Interview with Audrey Samson : Digital Data Funerals
Stefan Tiefengraber: Technology-based Art and Destruction
Dr. Michael Sonntag: Third Person Data
KairUs: Artistic strategies for dealing with resurfacing data
Interview with Michaela Lakova: Deleted file information is like a fossil…
KairUs: Strategies Against Phishing and Fake Business Websites



Data recovery Part I

In a first test setup the harddrives were hooked up with SATA cables to two laptops, one running Ubuntu 10.4, a second one with Windows. If the HD booted and data was still accessible, an image was copied to a seperate harddrive. The seperate harddrive have a folder structure according to the HD number. We tried out several free software programs to restore harddrives and access data: Testdisk (Linux), Photorec (Linux, PC), PC Inspector (PC), Recuva (PC).

On this way, the content of 4 harddrives could be instantly accessed and copied.


Data recovery Part 2

12th of February we continued with recovering data from the hard-drives (see first session here). This time with the help of Peter Wagenhuber from The outcome of our two DIY-data recovery sessions was to extract data from 5 of the 22 hard-drives. One was a laptop hard-drive and the rest from desktop computers. Most of the hard-drives seemed to be physically broken. Some have a very bad ticking sound and others just don’t boot at all. The next step is to give over the hard-drives to professionals. We are working together with Datenrettung Österreich who will use professional tools to reanimate the hard-drives. They have a collection of spare parts and have the possibility of recovering data from damaged hard-drives as well. Though some of our hard-drives are quite old, from late 1990 or early 2000 which makes the availability of spear parts rather doubtful.