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 data. 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, recognised 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 (Zurich, Switzerland).