The Guard



The Guard is the tangible part of the web-documentary, initiated by David Dufresne, Anita Hugi and Akufen.

The installation shows what the GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple), in other words the giants of the web, know about us through our datas. By manipulating the Guard, a puppet created by Sophie Taeuber, we discover the strings that link us to our digital identity.

The user manipulates a cardboard box, in which she positioned her smartphone. Placed in front of a projected screen, this box, recognized by a camera, becomes the head of the puppet. Around the puppet, specific information about the user appears; photographs, images, links, memories and forgotten information.

By moving the puppet, the user can break the strings, and liberate herself from the GAFA.

Check also our Dada Manifesto, written during the Hackathon at Cabaret Voltaire.



Case study

This project was initially presented online only. However, we wanted to create a tangible variation that could travel to festivals, to serve as an introduction to the web-documentary.

The structure was created by SUPERLIFE.


Unity / AR / Mapping / Processing / HTML+CSS+Python

Hardware / Material

Projectors / Cardboards / Webcam

Events / Exhibitions



The Guard at Montreal for the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

The Guard is presented at Locarno during the Festival Del Film

Dada Hackathon


Made some code manifesto during the 3 days

Cabaret Voltaire


The Guard inauguration at Cabaret Voltaire, dadamn !

The Guard is installed at Swiss National Museum, Zürich


SRF about The Guard