I am Lucia Dossin. Fiveblackcats is the fantasy name under which I have been working since 2004. I currently live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
I graduated in architecture (FAUUSP, São Paulo) and in 2015 I completed my Master in Media Design & Communication (Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam). I started my journey in ‘making websites’ in 2000, while working for web studios in São Paulo, Brazil. In the beginning, my work consisted mostly of making Flash animations for projects related to photography, visual arts, fashion and film. As time went by, my toolset shifted towards HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and Python, but my interest in art and culture remained the same (well, perhaps it is actually deeper nowadays ;) ).
The works you see here are, for the most part, a selection of websites I designed or built for clients. After 2011, more often than not, I was in charge of both front and back-end (powered by WordPress). Besides web design and development, I also do print and more experimental stuff in Hybrid Publishing. Recently, I added some experiments and self-initiated projects that I have been doing in the last few years and that reflect my personal interests and research skills.
The tasks you can hire me for are as varied as simply maintaining or fixing your WordPress website to conceptualizing, designing and implementing an interactive interface or printed matter. Please feel free to drop me a line if you think I can contribute to your project.
Workshop developed as outcome of the research Object-Oriented Subject, where my colleague Lídia Pereira and I investigate the methods and strategies employed by Facebook, as well as by other parties, to build user profiles. Our attention is turned towards the inferences Facebook makes, i.e., the inclusion, in these profiles, of some properties that were not obtained through direct users’ input.
The workshop was designed for a broad audience and therefore is intended to be easily grasped. With that in mind, we translated one of the methods we investigated into a series of visual elements, so that the entire process could be followed without the use of any computers.
Beerpong or Voltaire?, the title of this workshop, refers to Facebook content which can potentially indicate, with high accuracy, whether a user is likely to be an extrovert or an introvert. This prediction is based on the trivial act of liking content on Facebook.
In the context of this workshop we use a fictional dataset composed of User Likes and psychological data which is traditionally obtained from extensive questionnaires. This fictional dataset allows us to infer the participants’ personality traits based on their choices during the workshop.
Rather than building trustworthy psychological profiles, our aim is to illustrate one of the methods deployed to infer user characteristics from available user data, by Facebook as well by many others. We wish to start a discussion around the possible consequences this process might have upon our daily lives.
Regarding the workshop material, Lídia Pereira defined the colors, typography and designed the stickers and I was in charge of designing the graphics and the booklet.
Catalogue for David Haines' exhibition 'A Fragile Membrane, an Illusive Screen', showcasing his (superb) drawings.
Excelfie is an experiment where a spreadsheet is used in a new context. It is a simple idea, both conceptually (populate a spreadsheet with numbers that do not actually mean anything but actually perform a graphical representation) and technically:
Voilà, you have an excelfie!
My original wish was to use only numbers (and the empty cell) but most numbers do not represent the variations in the gray scale so well as other characters, so I am using a mix of numbers and signs such as #, % and +.
The experiment has one derivation so far, which is a performance/installation where selfies are typed out using a typewriter. Excelfie - Derivation #1 has been featured at the Post-Digital Publishing Archive, performed at Zine Camp 2017 - WORM/UBIK Rotterdam November 11 & 12 and presented during Berlin Poetry Festival 2018, in the exhibition Types of Typewriting at Oqbo Gallery, curated by Annette Gilbert and Michael Glasmeier, between May 24 and June 23, 2018.
Cassandra is a voice-operated chatbot, aimed at making psychological profiles during the conversations. These profiles are shown as pie charts where every color corresponds to a personality attribute. The graphics are accompanied by a short analysis and a list of companies possibly interested in the profile. In this sense, the bot provides data that can act as a mediator in services like job-seeking and dating. The profile then becomes a digital representation of the user and can be used as a kind of 'digital key' to personalize the relationship between the user and every gadget in the near future of the Internet of Things. Make your life easier, let Cassandra make a digital copy of you.
Presented at Hofpoort as part of the exhibition Tempted by Tomorrow.
First-year students from the Master Media Design and Communication course at Piet Zwart Institute were requested to document the Graduation Project of their second-year colleagues. This booklet documents part of the working process of Marlon Harder, called Gallery Template. It is the compilation of three short interviews done in May and June 2014 and two sets of photos made during the building up of the exhibition at TENT, in Rotterdam.
The photos were taken from two fixed cameras, so that the two photo sequences could be printed as a flipbook.
Print Cake is an installation/performance where cupcakes are decorated with a snippet of William Morris' News from Nowhere printed on edible paper with edible ink and sold for customers/visitors.
There are two kinds of cupcakes: the standard and the customized. The former costs less than the latter. In the customized version, customers choose a color and a word, through a simple interface (a one-page website running on full screen browser). The chosen word generates a snippet of text (taken from News from Nowhere) which is then placed onto a designed template and in combination with the chosen color. This is printed on edible paper and placed on top of the cupcake. In the standard version no choices are possible — they all have the same color and just a few variations on the text snippets.
Presented at V2_, Rotterdam, as part of the exhibition Politics of Craft.