Mobile Device Forensics for Artists

Fri 01.02.
Fri 01.02.
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Today an increasing amount of personal information is stored on mobile devices. Due to the simplicity of the user interface and (in the name of a holistic user experience and simple consumption workflow) the technology is kept behind glossy surfaces, and thus, as far from users as possible. This workshop is a tool for artists who wish to go beyond common usage of these mobile-controlled consumption interfaces on the Kindle and iPhone—and for anyone interested in what is happening underneath these surfaces.


In this workshop, participants make use of “Mobile Device Forensics,” the science of recovering digital evidence from mobile devices by forensic means, to take a look at the data behind the tidy interfaces and examine the data structures below them. We learn how to extract data and lay the groundwork to visualize, remix and publish it in open contexts.

The first version of this Mobile Device Forensics workshop took place during the reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time event (August 22-24, 2012, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien) in which the Berlin-based artist Johannes P Osterhoff presented his iPhone Live performance project, launched on June 29th, 2012, the iPhone's 5th anniversary. During the event, an ongoing installation of the live performance was visible to the public (to know more about iPhone Live see: >


Registration for this workshop is closed.