The Guard is the tangible part of the web-documentary dada-data.net, 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.
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.
Hardware / Material
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
The Guard at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, Canada
Locarno Festival del Film
The Guard at Locarno Festival del Film, Switzerland
Hackathon at Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Switzerland
La Garde au Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, Suisse
Swiss National Museum
The Guard at the Swiss National Museum, Zürich
“Ein Anti-Museum für Dada: Ohne Regeln. Alles ist Zufall.”