Theme Exhibition

your unerasable text

Stefan Tiefengraber (AT)

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Linz, In Kepler's Gardens

your unerasable text is an installation dealing with the topics of data storage and elimination. The participant is asked to send a text message to the number written on a sign next to the installation. The receiving mobile phone transfers the data to a computer, which lays the message out automatically. It is then printed onto a sheet of DIN A6 paper that falls directly into a paper shredder. There, the message remains readable for a few moments and is then destroyed. The shredded paper forms a visible heap of paper on the floor, growing with every message. But the message sent through your unerasable text isn’t erased. The data is passing through the mobile carrier of the sender and receiver, the mobile that is integrated into the installation and the computer processing the text and sending it to the printer. At each of these points the data can be saved. The installation stores a file of each message consisting of the sent text, the phone number of the sender and time and date when it was sent. The only thing that is erased is the print, which is just a visualization that has no effect on the data itself

Stefan Tiefengraber (AT): Stefan Tiefengraber (*1981) lives and works in Linz, Austria. 2012/13 One-year exchange at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul/Korea. 2015 Six-month residency (MMCA Changdong) stay in Seoul/Korea. Since 2016 organizer of sound art concerts and co-founder of Tresor Linz. His work ranges from kinetic sound installations and interactive installations to audio-video noise performances.