is a designer and engineer currently based in London. In 2018, he graduated from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College with an MA/MSC in innovation design engineering, following an MEng in France.

Using the mediums of writing and interaction technologies, he explores the junction of human-centred concerns and complex systems. His research interests include: futurecasting, speculative and critical design and ethnographic user-research.

Applying his knowledge of design, technology and fabrication, he regularly works with contemporary artists to bring their ideas to fruition. 

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KEYWORDS: Ritual, Data visualisation, Internet, Robotics, Superstition, Time
Every time we connect, we sign a faustian pact with a handful of monopoly companies that dominate the online sphere; they are the medium through which we see the contemporary world. We put our faith in these companies, believing that they will use our data for the common good. Could this unprecedented domination of our immaterial networks be understood as a new type of religion, or novel organisation like the church?

.altar redesigns the router, the “non-object” par excellence, into a ritualistic monitoring tool. Inspired by superstition and ancient forms of time-keeping, it embodies the immaterial data we offer online in burnt wax. One candle equals an amount of data allowed to leak, virtually and physically. Every data sent is materialized into a drop creating a structure. A change of phase towards the tangible, with ritual interactions for more awareness and control over our digital footprint, in an increasingly predatory online sphere.

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