»Database« is an installation on the subject of surveillance. It covers the invisible and unnoticed collection of data in both public as well as digital spaces and discusses the use of said information. The installation consists of a continuous printer, a paper shredder and two cameras, which detect the faces of people passing by. The faces are being printed together with a respective data entry that indicates date, time and number of the capture. They are then going to be processed by the shredder, while the digital image files are deleted immediately upon printing. This way the »Database« is gradually filling itself with huge amounts of paper and data.
»Database« is currently exhibited at the show »Extra Fantômes«, at La Gaîte lyrique in Paris. The installations first appearance was in Trier, Germany, from July to August 2014. It was also on display at VISUAL, in Carlow, Ireland, from May to October 2015.
Composite portraits of the detected visitors at La Gaîté lyrique are automatically created and uploaded every hour: