ETHOS Lab x GDPR


Spring 2018

Anticipating the rollout of the General Data Protection Regulation, we in ETHOS Lab started to prepare installations and experiments for engaging with this significant event. We blacked out our lab to host a deletion poetry rave, and we blew up a giant bubble to invite data subjects to meditate.


Compliance, the installation

While the Danish Association of Science and Technology Studies were having their conference, ETHOS Lab erected a giant bubble and named it Compliance. Entrance only permitted to those who delete a piece of data!

Watch a video here.

Great Deletion Poetry Rave

Playing on the GDPR acronym, we hosted the Great Deletion Poetry Rave, inviting guests to delete sections of the GDPR text in order to create poems.


Autumn 2018


From the GDPR wall to the chapbook

We had decided to compile deletions poems from ETHOS and Oxford deletion poetry Raves. After the summer, we met up to start editing the chapbook, in which the poems would be collected.

GDPR: Deletion Poems

After a wait that seemed like forever, 200 copies of our chapbooks arrived just before the Christmas break. Layout by ANAGRAM.


Spring 2019

The ITU communications departments wrote an article about our GDPR project, and hosted a poetry competition on Facebook.


GDPR: Deletion Poems chapbook launch party

On February 22 2019 we had the official launch of the GDPR: Deletion Poems chapbook. Editors and Co-Heads of Lab Rachel Douglas-Jones and Marisa Cohn hosted and explained our year-long engagement with the GDPR.

The chapbook parcel-a-thon

We have gotten a ton of requests for copies of the chapbook, so we set aside some time to parcel up 70+ envelopes with a chapbook and a note from the lab.