Big Printer raises questions about the increasing impossiblity to keep the freedom of communication and information exchange by inhabitants of contemporary cities or just by ordinary users of telecommunication devices. Advanced communication technologies make our lives easier in may aspects, though the are not free of flaws, such as the governmental or corporate superivision. These problems become publicly visible every once in a while, taking such forms as the NSA leaks scandal, the necessity of new legal regulations, ambiguity in regard to digital data storage and protection executed by large multinational hi-tech corporations or – last but not least – the video surveillance omnipresent in public spaces.
A huge roll of paper inside the pavillion leads up to the printer and the attached shredder. A photo camera is part of this system, which takes mug shots of people approaching the pavillion by using the face recognition software – automatically and without their prior consent. Each photograph is being immediately printed and shredded, and their cut pieces systematically fill up the space. The passers-by are thereby a crucial component of the installation, but they can’t affect its functioning.
schnellebuntebilder (Sebastian Huber, Robert Pohle und Johannes Timpernagel) is a Berlin-based studio for animation and interaction, creating animated films, immersive installations and interactive exhibitions.
The work presented at the Goethe-Institut Pop Up Pavillon at Nowy Targ Square in Wroclaw is available 24 hours a day (from 19 May to 7 June 2016).
All installation projects presented at the Goethe-Institut Pop Up Pavillon, are carried out in cooperation with the WRO Art Center.