Martin Nadal is an artist/developer based in Linz/Berlin. In the past years, he has collaborated on a variety of projects and taught workshops related to art and technology. He is also interested in illustration and cinematography. Lately, he is developing works on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. His works have been shown at Medialab Prado (es), Ars Electronica (at), AMRO Festival (at) y Settimana della scienza (at), ZKM (de), ADAF (gr).
This work is a defense weapon against surveillance capitalism created by the artist Martin Nadal. Disguised as a mobile phone charger, it operates as a microcontroller that takes control of the smartphone into which it is plugged: Making queries to search engines, uploading videos, and liking random photos on popular social platforms. It aims to deceive data brokers and disrupt the data capturing process.
The aim of the work is to disrupt the processes and mechanics of surveillance capitalism by adding noise to the captured data. This renders any prediction based on false extracted data useless and therefore also without value. The work can be exhibited as a mixed media installation that consists of a single screen monitor, a shelf, a print of the logo FANG∅, and fake cardboards to make it look like a sales booth. Furthermore, it is an open DIY project whose code and 3D model are freely distributed and can be replicated by anyone interested.
This work was realised within the framework of the European Media Art Platforms (EMAP) programme at Onassis Stegi (GR) with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union.